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Medical examiner's unique technique helps ID desert dead

Arizona's climate has contributed to high death tolls among border crossers - and the development of a nationally recognized fingerprinting process for identifying those who are found without names. Work at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner led to breakthroughs in identifying those who die in the desert.... Read more»

Pima County, Mexican officials to share DNA data on border remains

In 2004, DNA analysis first helped forensic anthropologist Dr. Bruce Anderson give a family answers about one young woman who disappeared while crossing illegally into Arizona. Pima County officials hope an agreement with Mexican officials to share databases of DNA information will help close even more of the 640 cases involving unidentified remains.... Read more»

Illegal immigrant deaths in desert on record pace

Illegal immigrants are dying at a record rate in Arizona's desert during July. 38 bodies of border crossers have been handled by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office since July 1.... Read more»