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Slow attempt to ID San Antonio migrant dead, toll rises to 53

Slow attempt to ID San Antonio migrant dead, toll rises to 53

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Victims have been found accompanied by no indeed recognition documents at all with every one other accompanied by inside one instance a stolen ID. Remote villages lack phone work to stretch not here family members with every one other accompanied by determine the whereabouts of lost migrants. Fingerprint facts has to exist shared with every one other accompanied by matched by different governments.

More than a day following the finding of a stifling trailer inside San Antonio where dozens of migrants died following actuality deserted inside the sweltering heat, few identities of the victims have been made public, illustrating the challenges authorities face inside tracing people who cross borders clandestinely.

The number of deceased rose to 53 on Wednesday following set of two additional migrants died, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. Forty of the victims were male with every one other accompanied by 13 were female, it said.

Officials had potential identifications on 37 of the victims while of Wednesday morning, pending verification accompanied by authorities inside other countries.

"It's a tedious, tedious, sad, difficult process," said Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, who represents the neighbourhood where the truck was abandoned.

The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon on the outskirts of San Antonio inside what is believed to exist the nation's deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.-Mexico border. More than a dozen people were taken to hospitals, including quartet children. Three people have been arrested.

The truck, which was registered inside Alamo, Texas, nevertheless had fake plates with every one other accompanied by logos, was carrying 67 migrants, Francisco Garduño, leader of Mexico's National Immigration Institute, said Wednesday.

The driver was apprehended following trying to build while if he was one of the migrants, Garduño said. Two other Mexican men too have been detained, he said.

Among the deceased were 27 people from Mexico, 14 from Honduras, septet from Guatemala with every one other accompanied by set of two from El Salvador, he said. One of the victims had no indeed identification, Garduño said.

The tragedy occurred at a hour dated when enormous numbers of migrants have been coming to the U.S., numerous of them taking perilous risks to cross swift rivers with every one other accompanied by canals with every one other accompanied by scorching renounce landscapes. Migrants were stopped almost 240,000 times inside May, up by one-third from a year ago.

With little details concerning the victims, despairing families of migrants from Mexico with every one other accompanied by Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones.

Several survivors were inside critical condition accompanied by injuries such while cerebrum harm with every one other accompanied by inner bleeding, according to Rubén Minutti, the Mexico consul general inside San Antonio.

Guatemala's overseas management dividing said late Tuesday that it had confirmed set of two hospitalized Guatemalans with every one other accompanied by was employed to identify trio possible Guatemalans among the dead. Honduras' overseas relations management dividing said it was trying to corroborate the identities of quartet of the deceased who were carrying Honduran papers.

Eva Ferrufino, a spokesperson for Honduras' overseas ministry, said her agency was employed accompanied by the Honduras Consulate inside south Texas to match names with every one other accompanied by fingerprints with every one other accompanied by complete identifications.

The procedure is painstaking since among the pitfalls are fake or stolen documents.

Mexico's overseas affairs secretary identified set of two people Tuesday who were hospitalized inside San Antonio. But it turned not here that one of the recognition cards he shared on Twitter had been stolen last year inside the southern condition of Chiapas.

Haneydi Antonio Guzman, 23, was protected from danger inside a peak population additional than 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) away from San Antonio when she began receiving messages from family with every one other accompanied by friends. There is no indeed phone signal there, nevertheless she has internet access.

Journalists started showing up at her parents' place of residence inside Escuintla -- the address on her ID that was stolen with every one other accompanied by found inside the truck — expecting to find her worried relatives.

"That's me on the ID, nevertheless I am not the human being that was inside the trailer with every one other accompanied by they speak is hospitalized," Antonio Guzman said.

"My relatives were contacting me worried, asking where I was," she said. "I told them I was fine, that I was inside my house with every one other accompanied by I clarified it on my" Facebook page.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard deleted his tweet identifying her lacking comment. The other victim Ebrard identified turned not here to exist accurate.

In the southern Mexican condition of Oaxaca, municipal officials inside San Miguel Huautla were traveling to the population of 32-year-old José Luis Vásquez Guzmán late Tuesday to find not here if his mother wanted to journey to San Antonio to exist accompanied by him inside the hospital.

Manuel Velasco López, San Miguel Huautla's municipal secretary, said that a cousin had been traveling accompanied by Vásquez Guzmán with every one other accompanied by was now considered missing.

Another cousin, Alejandro López, told Mexico's Milenio television that their family worked inside agriculture with every one other accompanied by building with every one other accompanied by that they migrated since "we don't have anything nevertheless weaving hats, palms with every one other accompanied by handicrafts."

"Growing corn, wheat with every one other accompanied by beans is what we do inside this neighbourhood with every one other accompanied by that leads to a a large amount of our people emigrating with every one other accompanied by going to the United States," he said.

Miguel Barbosa, the manager of neighboring Puebla state, place off a scramble for details inside the town of Izucar de Matamoros on Tuesday when he said set of two of the deceased were from there although that was not confirmed.

In the laboriously migrant town, everyone was asking if their friends or neighbors were among the deceased found inside Texas. Attempting to cross into the United States is such a tradition that most youths inside the town at least believe concerning it.

"All of the young people begin to believe concerning going (to the U.S.) while in a short time while they turn 18," said migrant activist Carmelo Castañeda, who works accompanied by the nonprofit Casa del Migrante. "If there aren't additional visas, our people are going to retain dying."

Migrants typically pay $8,000 to $10,000 to exist taken across the border with every one other accompanied by loaded into a tractor-trailer with every one other accompanied by driven to San Antonio, where they transfer to smaller vehicles for their final destinations across the United States, said Craig Larrabee, acting exceptional agent inside ask in remittance of Homeland Security Investigations inside San Antonio.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar told The Associated Press Wednesday that Homeland Security investigators exist convinced by the migrants boarded the truck inside or around Laredo, on U.S. soil, nevertheless have not confirmed that. He said the truck went into and not here of a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo on Interstate 35 on Monday.

Before leaving on the additional than two-hour trip to San Antonio, the truck had been parked Monday inside South Texas fair northern of the border, Garduño said.

Authorities believe the truck had mechanical problems when it was left-hand following to a railroad track inside an area of San Antonio surrounded by auto scrapyards that brush up opposed to a occupied freeway, said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

San Antonio has been a recurring scene of tragedy with every one other accompanied by desperation inside recent years involving migrants inside semitrailers.

Ten migrants died inside 2017 following actuality trapped inside a truck parked at a San Antonio Walmart. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found inside a sweltering truck southeast of the city.

Other tragedies have occurred earlier to migrants reached the U.S. In December, additional than 50 died when a semitrailer rolled over on a main highway inside southern Mexico.

During a vigil Tuesday at a San Antonio park, numerous of the additional than 50 people who attended expressed sadness with every one other accompanied by annoyance at the deaths with every one other accompanied by what they described while a broken immigration system.

Back inside Puebla, farmer Juan Sánchez Carrillo, 45, was sickened when he heard of the deaths inside Texas.

He narrowly escaped demise when he with every one other accompanied by his friends ran away from dozing migrant rustlers inside the mountains near Otay Mesa near San Diego.

"For the smugglers, we the migrants are not human," Sánchez Carrillo said. "For them we are no indeed additional than merchandise."

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Associated Press Writers Juan Lozano inside San Antonio; Elliot Spagat inside San Diego; Edgar H. Clemente inside Villa Comaltitlan, Mexico; Sonia D. Perez inside Guatemala City with every one other accompanied by Marlon Gonzalez inside Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contributed to this report.

Slow attempt to ID San Antonio migrant dead, toll rises to 53

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