Man found dead lying on top of AK-47 in Southern Ariz. desert

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

VEKOL VALLEY, Ariz. – The body of a man police say was dead for about a week was found in the southern Arizona desert near Vekol Valley.

Pinal County sheriff’s deputies responded to a desert area south of Interstate 8 on Monday just before 10 p.m.

A Bureau of Land Management ranger had reported finding the body of a man who may have been an illegal immigrant.

The ranger was in the area helping Border Patrol agents track a group of armed suspects seen carrying backpacks when they discovered the body.

The victim was found lying face down on top of a fully loaded AK-47 rifle. Agents also say there were additional supplies and ammunition found on the victim.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will now determine the man’s exact cause of death.