TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Eight found alive in desert west of Tucson, after smuggler abandons the group, according to a Border Patrol news release.
On July 18, agents with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol received a 911 call from an individual who stated that he and his group were lost in the desert. According to the BP news release the man stated that the smuggler who had been leading his group had abandoned them in the desert and they were lost.
BORSTAR, the Search, Trauma and Rescue unit of the Border Patrol was then dispatched to look for the group. It took BORSTAR four hours to find the missing group, a fixed wing CBP asset found the stranded people, and assistance was quickly dispatched after contact was made.
It was too late for one in the group, according to BP officials, one person from the group had succumbed to heat and dehydration just prior to the 911 call.
The Tohono O'odham Police are leading the investigation into the cause of death. The remaining eight in the group, all from Oaxaca, are being processed for removal according to the Border Patrol.