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Updated Jun 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Authorities: 4 bodies found in Arizona desert

GILA BEND, Ariz. — Authorities say four bodies have been found in the
desert near Gila Bend, but there’s no immediate word on their identities or
nationalities.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies were discovered Thursday
morning along Interstate 8.

Sheriff’s officials say they don’t know yet if the bodies are those of
immigrants trying to enter the country without legal permission who didn’t
survive the desert’s brutal heat.

Authorities say the Gila Bend area has been a pathway for traffickers headed to
Phoenix, which is a busy hub for moving migrants and marijuana into the United
States.

A report released earlier this month showed deaths of migrants entering the
country illegally along the Southwest border have remained steady at an average
of 150 a year since 2002.

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