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Identifying Migrant Deaths in South Texas

ID_Migrants_ImgIn May of 2013, with help from their students, Dr. Lori Baker from Baylor University and Dr. Krista Latham from University of Indianapolis exhumed 60 unidentified border crossers buried in Brooks County, Texas. The majority of these exhumations were brought to Texas State University for processing, analysis, and long term curation until identification. Texas State undergraduate and graduate students help process and analyze these remains in hopes of facilitating a positive identification. Our goal is to identify all of these individuals and return them to their families.

The exhumations from Brooks County were needed in order to obtain DNA samples from the unidentified presumed migrants. Anthropological analysis and DNA sampling is currently underway at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS). DNA samples will be sent to the University of North Texas and to private DNA labs in order to compare the unidentified DNA profiles with DNA profiles from families who are missing their loved ones. This is a volunteer effort and a community service. If you would like more information about this project, please contact Kate Spradley at mks@txstate.edu.  


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Texas State students help ID remains of border crossers

Forensic experts, students work to identify immigrant remains

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