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Three Bodies Found in Arizona Desert Heat

Release Date: 
June 26, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Three more apparent victims of Arizona's desert heat were discovered this weekend by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents.

Casa Grande Station agents located two dead males Friday near Quijotoa, Ariz., suspected of having been involved in smuggling narcotics. The bodies and three marijuana bundles were spotted by air assets while patrolling the desert skies. The Tohono O'odham Police Department responded and took custody of the scene.

Saturday, Tucson Station agents found a deceased male near Arivaca, Ariz., who had made it to within 100 yards of Arivaca Road. Agents were initially tipped off to the man's whereabouts when his sister was apprehended. She told agents her brother had fallen and was unresponsive before being abandoned by the group. Pima County Sheriff's Department was notified and responded to the scene.

"The Sonoran desert can be deadly; that is the most important thing to understand," said Manuel Padilla Jr., chief patrol agent for Tucson Sector Border Patrol. "The desert does not discriminate. Economic migrants and narco-smugglers alike have all perished. Anyone thinking about crossing should simply not do it."

In the past nine months, Border Patrol agents have reported close to 100 deaths throughout southern Arizona. As temperatures increase, the risks associated with crossing the Sonoran Desert cannot be understated. Many deaths result from ruthless smugglers lying to immigrants, claiming they will only walk a short distance.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017