Two migrants were found near Yuma on Tuesday. Found dead in the desert

YUMA, AZ – After discovering two bodies near Yuma in a single day this week, border officials are again urging migrants not to cross the border into the desert when temperatures rise.

The bodies were reportedly found Tuesday in various locations southeast of the Yuma foothills, US customs and border protection officials said Thursday.

One of the bodies found just a few miles from an escape sign was identified as a 40-year-old Mexican national. The person has been dead for about two weeks, officials say.

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On Tuesday afternoon, officials received a cry for help over a woman who collapsed and died in the desert. She was identified as a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala.

Lenin Padilla, a border guard agent and program manager of the Yuma Sector Overseas Operations Department, is also part of the Sector’s Missing Migrants Program. The group works with the Mexican government and other groups to prevent border crossings.

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FILE – In this March 2, 2019 file photo, a customs and border control agent patrols the U.S. side of a barbed wire-covered border wall along Mexico east of Nogales, Arizona. After a hot and dry record summer, more deaths among cross-border commuters were documented in Arizona’s desert and mountains. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, file)

Padilla helps find missing people and helps identify deceased migrants.

Padilla says two people believed to have crossed the border have been reported missing by the family. You have not been located.

“Unfortunately, we expect the number of emergency calls to rise in the summer months,” said Padilla in a press release from CBP.

Last month, Yuma border officials responded to 47 emergency calls, rescued 126 migrants and recovered five bodies. Two of these bodies were not identified.

Deaths on the Arizona border hit a 10-year high in 2020, largely due to heat. The bodies of 220 migrants who crossed the border were recovered in our state.

Data shows that more than 178,000 migrants were arrested at the southern border in April, the highest total in a month in two decades.

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