Twelve immigrants rescued from desert

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Twelve illegal immigrants rounded up
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PHOENIX -- Border patrol officials have accounted for all members of a group of undocumented immigrants who were the subject of a massive search.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol and the Department of Public Safety spent Sunday searching for the illegal immigrants in the desert south of Gila Bend.

A sheriff's office spokesman says the search began Saturday night near the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range, which runs along the Mexican border.

According to Border Patrol, the last two men they were searching for were already in custody. Agents verified that by matching their descriptions to those given by other group members.

Authorities began their search after getting a 911 call from one of the men, saying he had been left behind by the group.

The rescued were taken to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment. Eight of them remain hospitalized.