(U.S. Border Patrol photo by Gerald L. Nino)
FALFURRIAS (April 9, 2013)--U.S. Border Patrol agents have found the remains of three suspected immigrants in recent days on ranches in South Texas, adding to a total that is outpacing last year's.
The agency's Rio Grande Valley sector, which encompasses a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in southernmost Texas, says one body was found Saturday and the other two Monday on ranches in Brooks County.
Smugglers guide groups of immigrants entering the country illegally on three-day treks around the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias.
Agents have found the remains of more than 70 people this fiscal year, up more than 110 percent from the same period last year.
On Monday agents rescued a man and a woman from Mexico who were able to activate a rescue beacon after their guide abandoned them.