TUCSON - The bodies of six suspected illegal immigrants have been recovered since Monday in southern Arizona's deserts, a toll officials said was not unusual when temperatures soar above 100 degrees.
The bodies of a man and a woman were recovered Thursday evening, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said, adding to four others found earlier in the week.
"One a day, unfortunately, this time of year is not high," said Border Patrol Agent Sean King said.
"In July 2005, the week of the sixth through the 13th, we had 27. That was a high," said King, a Tucson-based Border Patrol spokesman.
One dead man was found Thursday evening south of Tucson after his brother stumbled out of the desert seeking help, King said. Agents searched and found the body of a 33-year-old man from Oaxaca, Mexico, laying about a half-mile north of the road, King said.
In the second case, Border Patrol agents came across more than a dozen migrants near about 10 miles south of Sells carrying the body of a woman who had died along the way, King said. The group told agents they had begun walking across the desert early Thursday but the woman became ill and died. Her husband and other companions made a litter and carried her until agents found her.
The woman was a 37-year-old from Michoacan, Mexico, King said. Other members of her group agreed to be repatriated to Mexico.
On Wednesday an animal researcher found the skeletal remains of a suspected illegal immigrant in the desert. On Tuesday agents found the body of a 24-year-old Vera Cruz man and the body of an unidentified man. On Monday agents found the body of a 26-year-old Mexican woman, Border Patrol and Pima County sheriff's authorities said.