Immigrants to be exhumed in hopes of identifying
FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) -- Starting in May, a group will exhume the remains of dozens of immigrants laid to rest at the Falfurrias Cemetery in South Texas in hopes of identifying them.
When at the end of last year 35 immigrants who had died in Brooks County were still nameless, immigrant groups called for the use of DNA tests to help in the identification.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the county's decision to partner with Baylor University physical anthropologist Lori Baker's group, Reuniting Families, to identify the remains defused those tensions. But challenges ahead for the forensic anthropologists include lost markers for some of the graves.
Last year, ranchers and law enforcement in Brooks County found 129 decomposing bodies and skeletal remains of undocumented immigrants.