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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Five bodies found in SUV burned beyond recognition in Arizona desert

Five bodies burned beyond recognition have been found inside the shell of a charred sport utility vehicle in the Arizona desert.

Authorities say the dead bodies and vehicle found on Saturday in the Vekol Valley, a rugged, mountainous desert area, is likely connected to drug cartel violence.

The bodies were so badly burned that investigators couldn't immediately determine their gender or ethnicity.

While it's unclear whether the victims were from Mexico, the sheriff's office has notified the Mexican Consulate.

The area is a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants headed from Mexico to Phoenix and the U.S. interior.

'Given all these indicators, you don't have to be a homicide detective to add up all this information,' Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

A Border Patrol agent first spotted the white Ford Expedition driving at around 4.30am. Read More