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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents discovered the bodies of 3 suspected illegal immigrants over the weekend in separate incidents in southern Arizona.
Each one died as a result of exposure in the desert, according a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande Station found a pregnant woman Saturday, dehydrated and in need of medical attention, sitting with her deceased husband. They were from Guatemala and crossed the border two days earlier, according to the Border Patrol. They were apparently abandoned by their smuggler when the husband collapsed.
Later on Saturday, Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue agents spotted the remains of a man in his twenties near Queens Well, Ariz.
In the evening, agents discovered a third deceased man northwest of Lukeville. He was approximately 30-35 years old, found lying on the ground naked in a desperate attempt to cool down, according the news release.
Agents from Casa Grande apprehended Sunday a small group of suspected illegal immigrants west of Sells. The group told agents where one man from their group had fallen behind and died. Agents went to that area, and found the dead Mexican man.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning high temperatures and increased threat of exposure are two of many risks people face when they decide to travel through the desert. Smugglers often leave those who are unable to keep up behind to die in the desert.
Last month, Border Patrol agents located 19 deceased individuals, a result they say of blistering temperatures setting in earlier this year and smugglers who lie to desperate immigrants by telling them they will walk a short distance.
Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.