2 undocumented immigrants found dead in the desert

August 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Two more undocumented immigrants fell victim to the dangers of crossing illegally into the United States in recent days in unrelated incidents.

County Coroner Investigator Rick Williams said the first victim, a 33-year-old man, died while crossing into the U.S. with a group of undocumented immigrants.

Williams said he received a call regarding a dead man north of Highway 98 just east of Nomirage about midnight Wednesday.

The man's identity is known by investigators but they are waiting to release his name until next of kin can be notified of the death.


Williams said reportedly the man wasn't feeling well during his crossing and told the others in his group. Some of the men went to seek help while the others stayed with the victim.

The men returned with Border Patrol agents but the victim was already dead.

Williams received a call about the second incident around 8:28 a.m. Thursday.

Williams said Border Patrol agents rounded up a group of undocumented immigrants and while agents were interviewing the immigrants at the Border Patrol sector headquarters in El Centro they were told that one man in their group had became sick and had been left behind.

Agents went to the area where the immigrants said he was last seen. The body of the 27-year-old man was found 120 yards south of the Imperial County marker on Interstate 8. The man's body was about 50 feet down from the highway. His identity also is known but investigators were waiting to notify next of kin before releasing his name.

The Border Patrol's Border Search Trauma and Rescue Unit, or BORSTAR, helped Williams recover the man's body.

Williams praised the unit for its help.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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