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Illegal Immigrant Bodies Piling up in Brooks County, TX

Dozens of unidentified illegal immigrants die crossing the border in Brooks County, Texas each year.

(KVEO)  Body found, grave dug.

It's become the cycle in Brooks County, Texas and it isn't slowing down.

129 dead immigrants in just one year. It's the worst scenario Brooks County officials could ever imagine, but it's a reality.

"I have been with the department for 17 years, this being the highest body count we have ever had. I believe the closest to it would be like 70-some bodies. And that was in '09," says Brooks County Sheriff's Department Investigator Daniel Davila.

Once a body is found, deputies must make sure there is no foul play. 

From there, the local justice of the peace or county judge Raul Ramirez must come and declare the body as dead.

"Then the local mortician is contacted. So they can actually go out there and pick up the body, put it into a body bag and then transfer it into Falfurrias," explains County Judge Raul Ramirez. "And then from here it will be transported to Mission, Texas to the Elizondo mortuary."

The claimed bodies are then sent back to their families, but the unclaimed bodies must come back to Brooks County.

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