Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Police Disaster Victim Identification unit is continuing the process of identifying victims from the Sukhoi Superjet 100 disaster by matching available pre- and post-mortem data at the Dr Soekanto Police Hospital in Jakarta.

According to officials, the police identification unit has so far identified 15 crash victims.

"We`re still trying to match another victim's data, but we are having difficulties achieving a definitive detail data match," said the Disaster Victim Identification`s (DVI) unit chief, Senior Police Commissioner Anton Castilani, here on Saturday.

He noted that the DVI team will inform the families of the victims after positive identifications have been made.

Referring to one victim, Castilani said "We only achieved about 80 percent of the identification process, we still need another 20 percent, then we can confirm the victim's remains are 100 percent identified".

Taking the lead in this investigation process are the researchers at the Police DNA lab.

Castilani also said that the unit has requested additional information from the families of the Sukhoi victims.

"We asked for additional data in the form of photographs, fingerprints and so on and, if possible, dental records, because this will help accelerate the identification," he said.

Castilani estimates that the identification process will be completed within the next week.

"The search process at the crash site is complete. We are optimistic that next week the identification process will have been completed and the bodies of the victims could be handed over to the families," Castilani added.

According to Castilani, the DVI team has had no difficulty in identifying the Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims.

"Forensic teams from Russia also helped the DVI team in the process of identifying victims. We have enough human resources to work. Without them (Russian forensic teams), we can still work," he said.

Castilani added that the unit has managed to identify 44 sets of fingerprints among the remains transported to the Police Hospital.

"Of the 35 bags of bodies that have been sent to the Police Hospital, 30 bags contained body parts and five other bags contained the victims` property," he added. (*)

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