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Juan Manuel Calderón-Jaimes, the Mexican consul in Tucson, signs an agreement by which Pima County and consular officials will collaborate on a DNA database to help identify those who die in the desert. Looking on, from right are Dr. Bruce Parks, Pima County’s chief medical examiner, and Dr. Bruce Anderson, a forensic pathologist in the medical examiner’s office.

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 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»