Jenni Rivera's remains identified by family members
Jenni Rivera's remains are headed back to the United States after being identified by her family, state officials said on Thursday, December 13, according to The Associated Press.
The Nuevo Leon state government announced that it had released the remains. Rivera's family made a positive identification but there will be a few days until DNA tests are completed.
On Tuesday, December 11, Mexico transportation officials revealed more details about the plane crash that killed the singer. The plane had plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet, according to The Associated Press. The aircraft is believed to hit the ground in a nose-dive position at a speed that possibly exceeded 600 mph. There is still no official explanation for what may have caused the plane crash.
It was also revealed on Thursday by officials that two state police officers were arrested on suspicion of stealing items from the site of the crash. The Nuevo Leon state government said authorities found images of the scene on the smartphone of one of the officers.
Investigators searched the homes of the officers who secured the crash site and found victims' belongings in two homes. The government then arrested the two officers, the wire service reports.
The plane crash occurred in Mexico on Sunday, December 9. The aircraft, a U.S.-registered Learjet 25, had crashed after taking off from the city of Monterrey. The wreckage was found later in the day and Mexican officials had said there were no survivors.
The 43-year-old is survived by five children and two grandchildren. Rivera, a Long Beach, California native, was known for her music with over 10 studio albums in the banda and nortena music genres, as well as her Mun 2 television series, "I Love Jenni," which debuted its first season in 2011.
The singer was recently named one of People en Espanol's 25 most powerful women, and was a spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Los Angeles.