FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - Two Texas state lawmakers are calling for an investigation of mass graves of immigrants exhumed in a South Texas cemetery this month.
State. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg said Sunday he has no doubt that crimes were committed in the haphazard burial of immigrant remains at a cemetery in Falfurrias.
State Sen. Chuy Hinojosa, D-Corpus Christi told the Caller-Times on Friday that he was calling for a criminal investigation.
Baylor University anthropologist Lori Baker said her team unearthed remains in trash bags, nothing at all and body bags with multiple sets of remains together. They made 52 exhumations, but are not yet sure how many individuals are there.
Many immigrants die on the ranchlands of Brooks County, an hour's drive north of the border, where they try to circumvent a Border Patrol highway checkpoint.
FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - A funeral home paid to dispose of the remains of immigrants who died while crossing into the U.S. illegally has buried scores of bodies in mass graves in a South Texas cemetery.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports remains in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags, or no containers.
They've been buried since 2005 in the Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias.
Brooks County officials paid the local funeral home, Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams, to handle the bodies after sheriff's officials recovered them.
The region can be deadly for immigrants who sneak into Texas, then walk through ranches amid sweltering temperatures to avoid a nearby U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.
Volunteer researchers exhumed remains of 110 unidentified people from the cemetery in 2013, and did 52 more exhumations this summer.