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Missing Migrant Team Attempting to Reunite Remains with Next of Kin

Release Date: 
March 16, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Tucson Sector Border Patrol’s Missing Migrant Team needs the public’s help to reunite a deceased man, believed to be an undocumented border crosser, with family members.

Authorities are searching for possible next of kin for man who died and who's body was discovered last July by a rancher in Santa Cruz County

Authorities are searching for possible next of kin for man who died and who's body was discovered last July by a rancher in Santa Cruz County

A rancher in Santa Cruz County discovered the deceased on July 31, 2015. Investigators found no identification on the man or near his body; nor did they identify reports of a missing person matching the man’s description.

The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and obtained a full set of fingerprints. Border Patrol agents crosschecked the fingerprints through multiple databases and found a positive match to a man from Jalisco, Mexico, born in 1946 (photo attached). Records also show his last encounter with Border Patrol was on July 20, 2010.

The Mexican Consulate in Tucson has been unable to locate the deceased man’s family. The Missing Migrant Team continues to examine information and conduct research in hopes of reuniting the remains with his family as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should contact the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, (520) 623-7928, or National: (855) 463-6395.

Since June 2015, Tucson Sector’s Missing Migrant Team has helped with identification in 94 cases within Pima and Maricopa counties. Collaboration with medical examiners, consulates and non-governmental organizations has greatly reduced the identification process from years to weeks.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017