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Arizona ranked 3rd in U.S. for unidentified human remains
Arizona's border with Mexico has been crossed illegally by thousands of immigrants in recent years, and those dangerous desert treks have earned the state a dubious distinction: the third highest number of unidentified human remains in the country.
A federal database tracking such information places Arizona's open caseload of 1,057 human remains behind only California and New York. Some cases date back several decades.
Government officials say the reason is clear: the high number of those who die attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border through Arizona's remote deserts.