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12 found dead or dying since Friday

The Arizona Republic

At least 12 illegal immigrants have been found dead or dying in the southern Arizona desert since Friday, including the five found Sunday.

• Friday, Pima County sheriff’s deputies found a badly decomposed body near Amado, 40 miles south of Tucson, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman. The person’s sex could not be determined.

• Friday, Border Patrol agents from the Tucson sector found the body of an illegal immigrant east of Naco, said Tucson sector spokesman Andy Adame.

• Saturday morning, Yuma sector agents found a woman in severe distress who had illegally crossed the border with her husband. She died yesterday at a Yuma hospital, supervisory Agent Joe Brigman said.

• Sunday, Yuma sector agents found the body of an illegal immigrant on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range. Another migrant from the group of 16 died yesterday morning, Brigman said.

• Sunday, a rancher called the Border Patrol after finding the body of an illegal immigrant near Sonoita, 48 miles southeast of Tucson, Adame said.

• Sunday, Pima County deputies found a body near Sonoita, Barkman said.

• 118 illegal immigrants have died in southern Arizona since Oct. 1, compared with 127 during the same period last year, according to the Border Patrol. – The Arizona Republic

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