May 30, 2013 8:48 PM by Lupita Murillo

Remains of five people found near Sells

SELLS, Ariz. -A homicide investigation is underway on the Tohono O'Odham Nation. Border Patrol agents found the skeletal remains of five people.

They were located about 10 miles south of Highway 86, west of Sells. There have been reports some of the bodies may have been wrapped in plastic.

The remains were taken to the Pima County Medical Examiner's office, where Dr. Greg Hess says forensic testing will take place next week.

Sources close to the investigation tell News 4 Tucson, "They've never seen anything like this."
The badly decomposed bodies were so advanced that all that was left were skeletal remains.

They were discovered in the west desert near milepost 100 by South Mountain. It's an area that's notorious for drug and human trafficking. Border Patrol agents found the remains. Customs and Border Protection issued this statement.

"On May 28 at approximately 11 AM Casa Grande Border Patrol agents discovered skeletal remains near the town of Sells Arizona and contacted the Tohono O'odham Police Department. TOPD is the lead investigative agency."

Sources say, way the remains were found are not consistent with people who succumb to the elements.

That's why they are calling this suspicious.

There was animal activity so some of the remains were scattered but for the most part, the five individuals including a woman were found in one spot. Investigators also found paperwork near the remains.

Police have been in contact with the Mexican Consulate.


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