Officials hope database will help ID remains, provide closure - Tucson News Now

Officials hope database will help ID remains, provide closure

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

People can now use a searchable mapping system to find out where border crossers have died in the Pima County desert.

This is a major effort with the county medical examiner's office and the non-profit group Humane Borders.  It is expected to be the biggest, most complete database on border deaths in the area.

It has information on the 2,000 migrant deaths recorded in the past 12 years, with each of those mapped out over the Pima County desert.

The database is searchable by cause of death, the year and gender, and can map out how many were found in a specific area.

A number of groups are expected to use this site, from the Border Patrol to Derechos Hermanos; this site is also public and anyone can use it.

Officials hope the site can provide closure for some families and help identify the remains. Of the 2,000 remains found about 500 are still unidentified, officials say.

To access the website, click here:

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