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Bodies of Imperial woman, immigrant discovered over weekend

June 23, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An undocumented immigrant and an Imperial resident were found dead from heat exposure this weekend.

According to county Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes, a 59-year-old Imperial resident living on North Imperial Avenue was found dead Saturday about 1 a.m.

"We found the remains of a severely dehydrated woman on the floor," Hayes said. "She had an extremely high body temperature."

Hayes said a neighbor apparently notified Imperial police that the woman had not been seen for awhile. Imperial police found the woman and notified the Coroner's Office.


Hayes said Imperial police said the woman had a history of mental illness.

Hayes said the air-conditioning unit was not running when police found the body.

Her name was not released because her next of kin has not been notified.

In the case of the undocumented immigrant, Hayes said the person was a male Hispanic in his late teens to early 20s.

Hayes said there was no identification on the body and the man was wearing brown pants and a white shirt. He said the man had U.S and Mexican currency.

An autopsy showed the man died from environmental hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature. The man had been dead for about three or four days based on postmortem changes seen in the body.

Hayes said there were no signs of any other individuals in the area, and that the man was about a mile to 1.5 miles from a desert water station. He said Mexican officials have been notified.

The body was found Friday by the U.S. Border Patrol air unit on routine patrol about 15 miles east of Ocotillo, near mile marker 15, and north of Highway 98.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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