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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dead in the desert: 183 human beings

For Immediate Release/August 28, 2009 Contact: Kat Rodriguez: 520.770.1373 or 520.770.1373

183 Remains Recovered in Arizona
With Five Weeks Left in the Fiscal Year, the Count Has Already Reached Last Year’s Total
Photo: Crosses representing dead in Sonoran Desert, placed at San Xavier on Tohono O'odham land. Photo Brenda Norrell
Arizona— The number of human remains recovered on the Arizona-Sonora border since October 1, 2008 has reached 183 three weeks into the month of August. With five weeks left in the fiscal year, the count has already reached the fiscal year total for 2007-08. From the beginning of the fiscal year to the end of July, 162 human remains were recovered—this figure does not reflect any of the 21 remains recovered through August 24th.
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