Missing Romanovs Identified

DNA tests confirm that bones are those of children murdered with Russia's last tsar
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
Missing Romanovs Identified
Czar Nicholas II of Russia is seen in this undated file photo.   (Archive Photos)

DNA tests have confirmed that remains discovered last year in Russia are the remains of two children of Tsar Nicholas II, the BBC reports. Though most of the tsar’s family, executed during the Bolshevik revolution, was found in 1991, two children—Alexei and Maria—were thought missing, fueling widespread rumors that they survived and escaped later capture.

Now, tests on bone fragments from the site where the royal family was found confirm that the missing children were buried there. "We received full confirmation that they do belong to the Tsar's children," said a Russian official. "So now we have found the entire family." (More Romanov stories.)

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