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5 bodies found in burned-out SUV in Arizona desert

By ZenobiaSky, Jun 3, 2012 | Updated: Jun 3, 2012 | | |
  1. ZenobiaSky
    5 Bodies Found in Burned-out SUV in Arizona Desert

    17396.jpg (CNN) -- Five bodies were found Saturday in a burned-out vehicle in the southern Arizona desert, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.Border Patrol officers originally spotted the white Ford Excursion around 4:30 a.m. off the side of Interstate 8 in western Pinal County, about 60 miles south of Phoenix. When the agent turned around, the SUV "fled at high rates of speed," Babeu told CNN.

    Aided by daylight, authorities spotted "numerous tracks off the road" and followed them for two to three miles before coming across a smoldering vehicle.

    "That's when the Border Patrol agents went up to the vehicle with fire extinguishers and realized there were bodies inside, clearly deceased," the sheriff said.

    None of the five killed was in the SUV's front seat. One was in the second row and the other four bodies were found "laying down flat in the cargo area," Babeu said.

    A cause of death for the victims, who have not been identified, is not yet known. The charred vehicle was the same make and model as the one spotted by the Border Patrol agent hours earlier.

    Authorities are investigating whether the bodies found are linked to violence by Mexican drug cartels. The incident took place in the Vekol Valley, a hotbed of drug- and human-smuggling activity, according to Babeu, who said his department conducted 350 high-speed chases in the area last year in an effort to curb such crime.

    "It looks like it's a cartel hit, where they exact revenge on people," the sheriff said, calling a drug connection "very likely" while noting there's been no definitive conclusion yet. "It happens all the time in Mexico; our fear and concern is that this violence is spilling over deep into the heart of Arizona."

    By the CNN Wire Staff updated 9:16 PM EDT, Sat June 2, 2012



  1. monkeyspanker
    I failed to see this online, ans I rarely watch TV or the news, very sad, this is in my backyard. We're very pissed off at many things in this state, the border issues are one of the largest ones, 'coyote's' are run mainly by the cartels, smuggling drugs and humans, usually forcing the humans to smuggle the drugs in backpacks. I've done the Tucson to Phoenix I-10 drive many times, you see these overloaded SUV on bald tires, the shocks on the bump stops from the weight of 30 people crammed inside laying on top of one another all the time. Arizona allows very dark tint on windows unlike most states. The fact that they used Ford Explorers a few years ago was enough to scare the crap outta you, I'm speaking of the infamous 'Ford Explorer' recall for faulty Firestone tires that tended to explode and send the already evil handling vehicle into the nearest ditch.

    We have an incredible problem with these cartel bastards and their minions, they don't care about anything, not even their own mother, and it's getting much worse. We have a group called the minutemen, they are land owners fed up with their property being destroyed, broken into, animals shot...etc...they have guns and they use them, they fear for their lives. I have know idea how it can be stopped, it's quite scary, I could be at the wrong place at the wrong time and Poof! No more monkey :thumbsdown:
  2. ZenobiaSky
    And what's sad is if you don't live in one the border state's you don't realize how bad the problem is. Yeah I watch shows about it, but it doesn't really sink in till you start paying attention. I stopped watching the news after a mass shooting at the mall by me, and was working at a trauma center at the time. Just couldn't do it anymore, but since I've joined here I have been looking at what's going on and it's really sad.
  3. monkeyspanker
    I tried to do a follow up search on this tragedy, and couldn't find any info on the victims, or the alleged 'coyotes' that caused it, the poor victims might just have been people looking for the better life in the US, being used as 'mules' for trafficking drugs and were easily burned to death without a second thought.

    This time of year shows more activity, since the temps are in the range of 105F to 110F and 115F not that uncommon in the desert in the west. The reason is the coyote/cartels charge much lower prices to these people to get them across the border. Lets say $200 to $300 less than in periods of lower temperatures, that's a lot of money to these folks,a years pay to many of them. So they opt to take the chance.

    They usually don't/aren't able to carry enough water for the journey. We have groups that illegally put out water stations with blue flags on poles near the major trafficking routes, this is all for the sake of these are people for cryin' out loud, you can't just let them perish from thirst. It also brings up a much heated debate down here.

    1. They're illegals, they don't belong here.
    2. They smuggle drugs.
    3. They take jobs from US citizens.
    4. They give money to the cartels (This topic is covered elsewhere in this forum, and a great read!).

    The other side says,

    1. This country was founded by those from other places, some illegally, some not.
    2. I like my drugs, I get them no matter where they come from.
    3. They take jobs most Americans wouldn't have with all the public assistance avaliable.
    4. See #2 and #4 above.
    5. You just can't a person die like that out in the desert. ***This is my personal belief, I've been almost arrested 3 times doing the 'agua' run to fill the tanks, my Spanish is limited however, none is needed when you see the look in their eyes. I guess that makes me a rebel And a scoffaw of the law. So be it.

    I see many problems with my thoughts on this, on one hand I want my fellow countrymen safe from the crap of the cartels, on the other hand, I seem unable to escape the human side and want to help, so am I really helping? Or am I hindering? Makes my head swim thinking about it sometimes...
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