A U.S. Border Patrol agent on duty Monday near Sasabe found the body of a woman believed to be from Juarez, Chihuahua, authorities reported Tuesday.
The woman carried identification showing she was 37 years old, Border Patrol spokesman Rob Daniels said.
The agent who found the body reported no sign of foul play. Daniels said no cause of death has been determined but that it appears she was found within 24 hours of her death.
The woman’s body was found about 5 p.m. Monday some four miles west of state Route 286 and about 16 miles north of the Mexican border, Daniels said.
Recent rain had washed out any tracks that could have revealed if the woman was walking alone into the United States or had been part of a group of people, he said.
The Mexican Consulate was told of the death and the woman’s body was turned over to Pima County authorities for an autopsy, Daniels said.
Twenty-five people suspected of illegally entering the U.S. have been found dead in southern Arizona’s desert since Oct. 1, the beginning of the federal fiscal year, according to Border Patrol and Tucson Citizen records.