GILA BEND, AZ - Authorities say four men found dead in the desert near Gila Bend on Thursday appear to have died days before their bodies were discovered.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, it is believed the four died at least three days before they were found by Border Patrol agents.
MCSO deputies investigated the scene and found no evidence the men were the victims of foul play. Autopsies will be performed in the next few days.
Two of the men recovered had identifications from Mexico, while the other two were not carrying any identification.
One of the men was found naked under a desert brush and another was found dressed in jeans and a camouflaged shirt about a mile away from the other three.
Sheriff’s officials say they have rescued 24 people lost in the desert over the past few weeks with the help of the U.S. Border Patrol.
In addition, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says six other people have been arrested by deputies and Border Patrol agents in the desert near Gila Bend for smuggling drugs.
Three were arrested on Wednesday with 240 pounds of marijuana, one was arrested Thursday with 65 pounds of marijuana and two more suspects were arrested on Friday with 200 pounds of marijuana.
MCSO says that according to the group Humane Borders, over 2,200 unauthorized immigrants died traveling through the desert between the Mexican border and the Gila River Indian Reservation between October 1, 1999 and March 28, 2012.
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