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UIndy Team To Identify Immigrants’ Remains In Texas

More than a hundred bodies were found in a rural Texas county last year, but the local cemetery has no more room to bury the bodies.

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The border between Mexico, New Mexico and Texas.

A University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologist and four graduate students will be traveling to Texas to identify the remains of undocumented immigrants.

A growing number of undocumented migrants are turning up dead in rural Brooks County, Texas. It is believed they were trying to reach a near U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint only to be turned away and eventually dying from the elements.

UIndy anthropologist Krista Latham says 129 bodies or sets of skeletal remains were found in 2012 near the town of Falfurrias.

“Right now this small town of Falfurrias has been burying the unidentified individuals in their local cemetery and they’ve essentially run out of room,” she says.

Latham says the team’s goal is to exhume 59 sets of remains and to prepare them for cleaning, profiling and storage.

The UIndy team will leave this weekend. The project is awaiting a grant to fund DNA analysis.

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