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The annual death toll in Texas’ deadliest county for migrants climbed to 45 this week with the discovery of two additional bodies.
Sheriff’s office deputies from Brooks County, Texas, responded to two calls to recover the bodies of migrants who died while attempting to circumvent the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint. The deaths occurred approximately 80 miles inland from the Texas-Mexico border. The deaths bring the total for this year to 45 for this single county, according to the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
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Brooks County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brenda Ligas received a call from Border Patrol agents on November 9, requesting assistance in recovering the body of a deceased migrant. The agent met Border Patrol agents who guided her into an expansive ranch located east of the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint. The area is a known human smuggling corridor where “coyotes” will guide the migrants on a hazardous march around the checkpoint.
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After traveling nearly 15 miles into the ranch, the deputy came upon the scene near a water well where the deceased migrant’s body lay face down in the dirt. Two ranch hands checking on the water well made the initial discovery of the deceased man and contacted Border Patrol agents. They detected a foul odor as they approached the well before the found the blackened, decaying body of the man who human smugglers abandoned.
Officials did not find any identifying documents. Only $8 in Honduran cash remained as a clue for officials to begin their identification process. That task now falls on the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office who provides autopsy services for Brooks County and several others.
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The body showed beginning signs of decay as animals and insects began to eat away the flesh. The migrant’s hand appeared to be partially removed...
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