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Man with throat slashed found at border; 2 dead in Mexico

A Mexican man whose throat had been cut was found by Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed. Sources said three others with slashed throats were found by Mexican authorities just over the border, two of whom were dead.

The man was found just after midnight, at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, by agents from the Casa Grande station.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble confirmed Wednesday evening that agents found "a Mexican national with life-threatening injuries, to include a laceration to the neck."

The man appeared to have crawled across the border to the U.S. side, sources said. He was found south of Vamori on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

The man was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, sources said. The man's condition was not immediately available.

"The Tohono O’Odham Police Department was advised of the incident," Brabble said.

Mexican authorities were not available to confirm the reports that three other men with cut throats were found just on the other side of the border fence. Two of those men were dead, sources said.

U.S. authorities said they didn't have enough information about the incident to point to a cause.

TucsonSentinel.com’s Rebekah Zemansky and Paul Ingram contributed to this report.


TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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The border fence near Sasabe in 2009.