Investigators of Bosnia’s International Commission for Missing Persons have found remains of more than 50 people on the shores of the Lake Perucac in the eastern Bosnia.
It is believed that the partial skeletons discovered in the muddy banks of the lake belong to the Muslim victims killed by the Serbs during the war in early 1990s in the city of Visegrad. It is believed that about 1,000 Muslims were murdered in the spring 1992 when the Serb forces took over the area.
According to the BBC, the Hague Tribunal investigators described the Visegrad massacre as "one of the most comprehensive campaigns of ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian conflict". So far, the two Bosnian Serbs commanders, Milan and Sredoje Lukic, were found guilty of war crimes Visegrad area in 2009.
"We still do not know the exact number of people whose remains we uncovered in Perucac, but estimate at least 50," Jasmina Mameledzija, spokeswoman for the International Commission for Missing Persons, told DPA.
Now, both Bosnian and international experts are using a special digger to the lake's bottom to aid in the search.
The partial skeletons were revealed when the lake’s water was lowered down for maintenance. Amor Masovic, the head of the Bosnian Institute for Missing Persons, said the bodies were likely thrown into the Drina River, which feeds into Lake Perucac.
After the conflicts in the formerabout 40,000 people were missing, with the highest number - 30,000 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). So far in the BIH between 8,000 and 10,000 are still missing, while in the region that number is between 12,000 and 14,000, the Bosnia’s the International Commission for Missing Persons stated.