Bodies of most foreign tsunami victims in Thailand to be identified in four months: Police

Wednesday February 16, 10:46 PM (AP)

Almost all the bodies of foreigners killed in Thailand when it was hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami will be identified in the next four months, police said Wednesday.

More than 300 have been identified so far and released to their families.

According to Thailand's Interior Ministry, 5,395 bodies have been recovered, and 2,993 people are listed as missing. Some 1,900 of the bodies are presumed to be Thai, 1,953 foreigners, and 1,542 have not yet been categorized.

Foreign forensic teams from more than 20 countries are checking tattoos, body weight and DNA samples to identify the foreigners.

Police Gen. Nopadol Somboonsap said the teams are identifying 20-30 bodies a day and expects to have almost finished the job in "three to four months."