Coroner expands efforts to ID immigrants killed in border crossing

3:59 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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TUCSON, Arizona (KVOA) - It's desperation for a better life that drives people to cross the border illegally. And it's often the barren desert that keeps their dreams from coming true.

The bodies left behind have created a massive amount of work for the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office. There is so much work that the office needs two forensic anthropologists. Most counties don't even have one but with the high volume of bodies that hit the examination table the office is exploring a different route to meet the demand.

"Now we are doing 200 more exams per year than we had done in 2000 and of course that is too many for one person. So we had to create a position," said forensic anthropologist Dr. Bruce Anderson.

It's a position filled by Dr. Angela Soler, a newly graduated PhD student from Michigan taking on the first post doctoral fellowship program in the office. It's the only program of its kind currently operating in the country.


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