Roberto Gonzalez had made a long trip from his home in Metepec in the state of Mexico to Imperial County, led here by a paid guide — known as a "coyote" — from Tijuana.
That coyote drove Gonzalez, his brother and another man from Tijuana and dropped off the three in the mountains in the southwest corner of the county, where rugged desert provides ideal coverage for those trying to cross the border illegally.
But the desert is filled with danger, from extreme heat to sheer vastness to treacherous terrain.
On Thursday, Gonzalez became the latest local victim of illegal immigration when he fell 200 feet to his death in a canyon in the No Mirage area.
There was little information available on Gonzalez from the county Coroner's Office. The only personal information was he was 40 years old and had traveled a long way to cross the border.