Hayes went into the desert Sunday to retrieve the remains of the five. Four were men and one was a woman.
The woman was 22, one of the men was 40 and the three other men were in their 20s.
All have been identified based on documents found with the bodies, but the identities will not be released until their families have been notified. As of this morning the families had not been notified.
Hayes said the bodies were found within a few feet of each other. He added jugs with water were found around the bodies, along with canned foods, electrolytes to add to the water and camping gear.
He added it is not surprising the deaths occurred despite the fact the group had food and water.
He said summer temperatures here are so intense that the body can dehydrate and begin to shut down even if there is water available for those suffering heat exposure.
Hayes added based on the investigation as of this morning, there appears to be a connection to the five found Saturday and other bodies found in the Carrizo Wash area during the summer.
He said one of the bodies found Saturday was wearing a red soccer uniform with shorts. He said some of the bodies found during the summer were wearing similar soccer outfits.
Hayes said it is thought each group member died from heat exposure.
There was no more information available on the one person in the group who was thought to have survived.
There also was no information on whether this group was led in by a smuggler.
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