Michel Marizco

Friday, June 14, 2019

7-year-old girl dies crossing border; authorities are looking for others

TUCSON – The body of a 7-year-old girl was found near the Arizona-Mexico border Wednesday morning, and authorities searched the desert for another child and a woman believed to be from India.

The U.S. Border Patrol and Mexico’s federal police on Thursday afternoon were searching the desert west of Lukeville for another child and a woman from India who may have crossed back into Mexico.

On Wednesday, the agents encountered two women from India who told them a third woman and two children had gotten separated from the group. Agents found the remains of the child, who is thought to be from India, as well as footprints heading back to Mexico.

“That portion of the border there is a highway system that runs very close to the border itself, so it’s possible that the subjects went back to the highway,” Border Patrol spokesman Pete Bidegain said.

Agents said smugglers dropped the group off near the border. Temperatures neared 110 the day the child was found.

The Fronteras Desk is a KJZZ project that covers news in a wide expanse of desert that stretches from northern Arizona deep into northwestern Mexico.