Posted: Apr 16, 2013 3:31 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Apr 16, 2013 3:32 PM
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents in South Texas have found the remains of two suspected immigrants, adding to the dramatic increase in the number of bodies found so far this fiscal year.
Authorities announced Tuesday that agents assigned to the Border Patrol's McAllen station found one body Friday near Mission after receiving an anonymous tip. The second body was discovered floating in the Rio Grande on Sunday south of McAllen.
Authorities say agents have found the bodies of more than 70 immigrants who died due to a variety of causes while attempting to enter the U.S. The number represents a 112 percent increase over the same period last fiscal year.
The Border Patrol just last week announced that the bodies of three other suspected immigrants had been found in separate locations.
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