Friday, February 12, 2010

Shallow grave holds body of probable border crosser

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A group of five humanitarians found the remains of a likely illegal border crosser Tuesday afternoon northwest of Nogales near the town of Ruby.

At 3 p.m., volunteers discovered the body in a shallow grave covered with rocks and adorned with a handmade cross, a No More Deaths press release says, adding that it was in a narrow canyon about two miles east of Ruby.

The volunteers were walking a known migrant trail conducting humanitarian patrols when they found the decomposing body. Ruby is about five miles north of the border, southeast of Arivaca.

The group called the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, and deputies recovered the body. Officials estimated the man died six to seven months ago, the press release says.

The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office had not yet determined the cause of death, said Dr. Bruce Parks, chief medical examiner.

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