Five bodies found in charred car near US-Mexico border

Five bodies found in charred car near US-Mexico border

Phoenix : AZ : USA | Jun 04, 2012 at 3:51 AM PDT
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Relatives are frustrated by the slow pace of the investigation and the identification of the badly charred bodies

Five bodies are found in a burned-out SUV that investigators believe had fled Border Patrol agents in Arizona's Pinal County.

The bodies were burned beyond recognition have been found inside the shell of a charred sport utility vehicle in the Vekol Valley, ...a rugged, mountainous desert area that's a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants headed from Mexico to Phoenix and the U.S. interior.

Four hours after the initial spotting by a Border Patrol agent, authorities found the smoldering wreckage of the Ford .

The bodies were so badly burned that investigators couldn't immediately determine their gender or ethnicity. While it's unclear whether the victims were from Mexico, the sheriff's office has notified the Mexican Consulate.

No weapons or drugs were recovered from the scene, and it was unclear what started the fire.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau said"Clearly these people were murdered but we don't know the manner of death.''

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Mystery: The bodies were so badly burned that officials couldn't initially determine their gender or ethnicity
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