By Karen Brooks AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A state senator from South Texas called on Saturday for an investigation into recently discovered mass graves containing the bodies of apparent illegal immigrants believed to have been buried by a funeral home paid by the local county government. The grisly discovery - including one body that had been stuffed inside a kitchen garbage bag - was made by anthropologists at a cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas, 80 miles (130 km) from the state's southern border with Mexico. "These people deserve a proper investigation and a proper burial," Senator Juan Hinojosa, a Democrat, told Reuters. Hinojosa said he and the local district attorney would meet next week to request an inquiry by the Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety's investigative arm. The findings were first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Thursday. Local authorities are launching their own investigation. They believe the bodies were buried by the Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams funeral home and are not anticipating criminal charges, said Brooks County Chief Deputy Sheriff Benny Martinez. The county has paid the funeral home for at least 16 years to deal with the remains of immigrants who die as they cross on foot in the desert-like conditions, according to the Caller-Times. A funeral home official told the Caller-Times the company would not confirm it was responsible for the burials. Calls by Reuters to the home were not returned on Saturday. About 120 bodies of immigrants are found each year in Brooks County, Martinez said. Some 235,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended last year near the Mexican border with the United States, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Brooks County graves were found earlier this month by anthropologists working to identify immigrants who die on their way through Texas from Mexico. Officials have not determined how many bodies were in the graves. The graves held body bags containing more than one body, corpses buried with no bags at all, and other remains that were missing limbs, the Caller-Times said. The bodies are estimated to have been buried from 2005 to 2009, said Dr. Lori Baker, a forensic anthropologist at Baylor University and one of the researchers who discovered the graves. Her group, the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, is working to identify the bodies. "These are all people," she said. "Their families deserve to know what happened to them. And they deserve human dignity." (Additional reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio, Editing by Curtis Skinner and Peter Cooney)
Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting
- Men's Health
Steve, 35, from Scarborough in the UK reacts to seeing himself without his full face and head tattoos for the first time in 20 years on webseries Transformed.
The late night host mocked the former president's pull for Dr. Mehmet Oz in the state's Republican primary.
- NY Daily News
9-year-old Brooklyn girl cried ‘Mommy, help me,’ as she died after hours of beatings and abuse: prosecutors
“Mommy, help me,” 9-year-old Shalom Guifarro begged as she lay dying in her family’s Brooklyn apartment, after enduring hours of abuse — allegedly at the hands of the same person the child wished would save her. The heartbreaking details of the little girl’s final hours were detailed by prosecutors at her mother Shemene Cato’s arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday, where she was ...
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The fish are prized among fisherman – but very few have seen one like this.
- The Hollywood Reporter
Marnie Schulenburg, the soap opera actress who portrayed Alison Stewart on CBS’ As the World Turns and Jo Sullivan on the One Life to Live reboot, has died after a battle with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She was 37. Schulenburg died Tuesday in Bloomfield, New Jersey, her rep Kyle Luker at Industry Entertainment told The […]
"Dammit. It better not be fake. It might be fake," the popular podcaster blurted in an awkward moment that's gone viral.
Yesterday, MSN tweeted an article stating, “Prince William and Kate Middleton separate as Duchess moves out with children.” The story is false. Here’s what happened.
- The Root
On a sunny day at The Boathouse, a Santa Barbara restaurant, a Karen decided to cause an unnecessary ruckus. In a five-minute video recording of the incident, the woman confronts the person recording, a Black man, and takes things to another level.
Amber Heard said James Franco made a late-night visit to her apartment after a fight with Johnny Depp because she 'exhausted' her support network
She said she "exhausted my support network with my usual friends, and I was happy to welcome as much friendship at that time as I could possibly get."
Washing your hair is crucial for scalp and hair health—but how often you shampoo really depends on various factors. Here’s a quick guide on what to know.
The North Carolina congressman, who lost his primary bid Tuesday, joked about Cheney's removal as chair of the House Republican Conference in 2021.
- USA TODAY Sports - Golfweek
The Rules of Golf strike again.
- Business Insider
After multiple claims that Putin may be suffering seriously from cancer, Insider compiled a 10-year timeline of the Russian president's health.
- Business Insider
A former Trump advisor on Russia recalled that Putin smelled odd and neither ate nor drank at dinner
The former White House advisor Fiona Hill said Vladimir Putin smelled "almost like he had stepped out of some special preparatory bath" when they met.
- Business Insider
The footage, posted by the Ukrainian army, showed an aerial bombing in Kharkiv region and appeared to defeat Russian attempts to hide a vehicle.
- Nets Wire
Bleacher Report has a blockbuster trade idea for the Brooklyn Nets involving Ben Simmons.
- Town & Country
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Alexandra stepped in for Queen Elizabeth at the second Buckingham Palace Garden Party of 2022.
A former choir teacher of a local high school is facing criminal charges after court documents say she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
- Good Housekeeping
'Today' show fourth hour cohost Jenna Bush Hager shared footage of her hilarious wardrobe incident and fans shared their thoughts on Instagram.
- Rock Hill Herald
Exclusive: Jacob Matthew Morgan, now 24, could be released from prison in December even after he was denied parole in a case that has garnered national attention.