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Bulgaria.  Bodies found outside cemetery, funeral worker detained

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Bulgarian authorities said on Wednesday the bodies of seven people were discovered outside a cemetery near the capital.

Police said that according to initial data, the bodies buried in a forest without coffins belonged to elderly people who died of natural causes.

One of the theories investigators are exploring is that the people lived in various hospices in Sofia and were buried under an unregulated burial programme.

A 51-year-old funeral attendant has been arrested in the case and charged with fraud. Authorities believe he was part of a larger group and other bodies may be discovered.

Police alleged that the officer took the bodies away from care homes, supposedly for cremation, and instead buried them in the forest near the cemetery.

Preliminary procedures, including DNA testing of the deceased, have begun in this case.

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