Jenni Rivera

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Jenni Rivera is going home.

The Mexican-American singer's remains have been released to her family and are headed back to the United States, officials from the Nuevo Leon state prosecutor's office confirmed Thursday. The original word was that the release wouldn't be for a few days, pending the completion of DNA tests, but authorities now say the tests are done.

Per the Los Angeles Times, Rivera's brother Lupillo was the one who took possession of the remains.

Meanwhile, Nuevo Leon officials also confirmed the arrests of two state police officers for allegedly stealing from the crash site after authorities searched their homes and found items belonging to the victims. Authorities also said they found video of the crash site on one of the officer's cell phones while investigating the leak of photos to the Mexican media.

Among the disturbing details released Tuesday by Nuevo Leon officials: The small jet carrying Rivera and six others, including 78-year-old pilot Miguel Perez Soto, appears to have started to lose altitude about 1.2 miles away from the crash site before hitting the ground from upwards of 28,000 feet at a speed of roughly 600 miles per hour.

Transportation secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Radio Formula that Soto had a valid Mexican pilot's license that would have been up for renewal in January, as well as a temporary certificate issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. While the age limit for piloting a commercial aircraft is 65, Ruiz said there is no such limit for private aircraft.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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