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Our Opinion: Putting names on the bodies

Since the beginning of 2005, more than 300 people have died in the southern Arizona desert as they tried to enter the country illegally.

As painful as those deaths are to the families of the deceased, there is something even worse: not knowing. Many of the bodies recovered are little more than scattered bones, making it difficult to identify the dead.

To help with identification, the University of Arizona and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner are cooperating.

Their project, funded by an anonymous source, will include building an electronic database of missing persons reports to match with medical examiners’ records on unidentified bodies.

Missing persons reports received by the consulates of Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador also will be added.

It’s a needed humanitarian piece of the illegal immigration problem.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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