Illegal immigrant deaths in desert on record pace
Illegal immigrants are dying at a record rate in Arizona's desert during July, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
38 bodies of border crossers have been handled by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office since July 1, said Dr. Bruce Parks, chief medical examiner. That total is on pace to beat the single month record of 68 deaths, set in July 2005.
From the Star:
“I never thought we would see that again,” Parks said. “It’s scary. Maybe the rain will slow these down.”
Parks said his office has been picking up and examining between one to four bodies daily since the beginning of the month. Field agents were on their way to pickup four more bodies Thursday, he said. Most of the people are being found recently deceased.
The deadly month puts 2010 even further ahead of the pace from the past three years. From Jan. 1 - July 15, the office has handled 132 bodies of illegal border crossers, up from 93 at the same time last year and 102 in 2008.