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BP rescues 27 people abandoned by smugglers

Agents also find body of man

  • A BORSTAR helicopter flies near an agent during the rescue of 12 illegal immigrants from the Huachuca Mountains on Sunday.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionA BORSTAR helicopter flies near an agent during the rescue of 12 illegal immigrants from the Huachuca Mountains on Sunday.
  • BORSTAR and Border Patrol agents help a group of people, including a 2-year-old, Sunday in the Huachuca Mountains.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBORSTAR and Border Patrol agents help a group of people, including a 2-year-old, Sunday in the Huachuca Mountains.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found the body of a man and rescued 27 illegal immigrants who were abandoned by smugglers over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

On Friday, Ajo Station agents responded to a rescue beacon and found two illegal immigrants nearby. The men said they activated the beacon after becoming lost in the desert. Both men appeared to be in good health.

In a separate incident Friday, Ajo agents responded to a 911 call from two illegal immigrants lost and in distress. Agents located the couple who were treated by EMT-certified agents for diabetes complications.

On Saturday, Ajo agents rescued an illegal immigrant who activated a rescue beacon. The man was found in good health.

In another incident, Ajo agents and a CBP helicopter crew responded to a 911 call regarding an illegal immigrant lost in the West Desert. The man was found, in good health and was transported to the Ajo Station for processing.

Casa Grande Station agents responded to a rescue beacon activated in the West Desert on Saturday and found five illegal immigrants. They were in good health. Agents transported the group to the Casa Grande Station for processing.

On Sunday, Ajo agents responded to two 911 calls from illegal immigrants in distress in the West Desert who had been abandoned by their smugglers. Agents located two men who were medically evaluated and found to be in good health. They were then were taken to the Ajo Station for processing.

Also on Sunday, agents assigned to the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue unit found a dead man after apprehending a group who told them of seeing a woman sitting by her dead husband.

BORSTAR agents located the man’s body, but were unable to find the woman. Agents attempted to follow the woman’s trail but rain forced them to stop. Several hours later, a woman claiming to be the wife of the dead man approached a Tohono O’odham Police officer.

The woman, from Oaxaca, Mexico, was turned over to the Border Patrol and transported to the Casa Grande Station. The Tohono O’odham Police Department took over the scene where the man’s body was found.

Naco Station agents rescued 12 illegal immigrants abandoned by their smugglers in the Huachuca Mountains on Sunday. Agents helped eight of them down the mountain, but four had to rely on assistance from a BORSTAR team. The group was taken to the Naco Station for processing.

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