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Heat, exhaustion likely to blame in deaths of two undocumented migrants

May 23, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

Two undocumented immigrants in their 20s died this morning, apparently from exhaustion and heat-related injuries.

Shortly after midnight today, county Sherrif's Office deputies found the body of a woman in her early 20s south of the Nomirage area near Ocotillo, said county Chief Deputy Coroner Sgt. Rick Macken.

A group of undocumented immigrants apprehended Tuesday night alerted authorities to the ailing woman, who was dead by the time authorities reached her.

A second undocumented immigrant, a male in his mid-20s, was transported via ambulance to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley on Tuesday night, where he died shortly after midnight.

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It was unknown where the man was transported from and who requested the ambulance for the man.

Both immigrants succumbed to exhaustion and environmental hyperthermia. According to Macken, both appeared to be Mexican nationals.

It does not appear that the two incidents were related, Macken said.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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