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Arizona-Mexico border crosser deaths down

us-mexico-border-620TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pima County officials say the number of people dying while crossing the border into the Arizona desert is down from previous years.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has received 112 sets of remains as of Aug. 31.

The office, one of the busiest in the nation for border-crosser deaths, says that is a drop from 178 sets of remains found last year.

Officials say the rate of deaths is also lower. They say 13.5 deaths per 10,000 apprehensions have occurred this fiscal year, which ends Tuesday.

The rate was found to be 14.7 deaths per 10,000 apprehensions a year ago.

The Medical Examiner’s Office estimates nearly 2,300 sets of remains have been found
in southern Arizona since 2001.

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