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Bodies of migrants found near the US-Mexico border during a heat wave in the El Paso region

New Mexico authorities continue to find the bodies of possible migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border in the desert outside Sunland Park, as the El Paso-Juárez border area remains in the grip of “dangerously hot” weather.

The El Paso-Las Cruces region, southern New Mexico and far western Texas are under an excessive heat watch through Friday, June 14. The watch is intended for “dangerously hot conditions” with possible temperatures of 105 to 110 degrees Celsius, the National Weather Service Office said. .

An excessive heat warning is usually a precursor to an excessive heat warning. The watch is issued several days in advance, said Jason Laney, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

As of June 2024, bodies of possible migrants continue to be found in New Mexico's southern desert.  In this photo, firefighters help the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator transport the body of a migrant found dead in the desert in September 2023 about two miles north of the Mexican border.As of June 2024, bodies of possible migrants continue to be found in New Mexico's southern desert.  In this photo, firefighters help the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator transport the body of a migrant found dead in the desert in September 2023 about two miles north of the Mexican border.

As of June 2024, bodies of possible migrants continue to be found in New Mexico’s southern desert. In this photo, firefighters help the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator transport the body of a migrant found dead in the desert in September 2023 about two miles north of the Mexican border.

A body was found Monday afternoon, June 10 — the eighth death in just over a week since May 31 in the desert around Sunland Park and Santa Teresa, with lines of 100-degree days looming in the forecast for the rest of June.

The Sunland Park Fire Department reported on .

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Just before midnight on Saturday, June 8, another body was found in the desert near Gila and Carrizo Drives in Sunland Park, SPFD reported.

On the evening of June 5, U.S. Border Patrol found two other bodies in the desert off McNutt Road, according to the Sunland Park Fire Department, which assisted in the recovery, on X. Four bodies were found the weekend before.

The border wall is visible just a few miles south of Sunland Park, New Mexico on October 14, 2023.  In 2024, migrants were still dying in this stretch of desert.The border wall is visible just a few miles south of Sunland Park, New Mexico on October 14, 2023.  In 2024, migrants were still dying in this stretch of desert.

The border wall is visible just a few miles south of Sunland Park, New Mexico on October 14, 2023. In 2024, migrants were still dying in this stretch of desert.

The deaths are being investigated by law enforcement in New Mexico. Names, countries of origin and causes of death have not been released.

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The desert outside Sunland Park and Santa Teresa — just west of El Paso — is a potentially dangerous smuggling zone for undocumented migrants who can become weakened by the heat as they hike over rough terrain after climbing the 30-foot border fence.

Many of the previous migrant deaths in the Borderland have been due to dehydration and heat stroke. In some cases, migrants were believed to have suffered heat illness, become disoriented and lost in the desert just a few hundred meters from their homes.

This article originally appeared in El Paso Times: More dead migrants found in border desert in Sunland Park, New Mexico

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