Deputies rescue 3 migrants in the Arizona desert, search for more

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies have rescued three migrants in the desert about 50 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona, and are searching for others.

Temperatures have been soaring above 110 degrees in the region in recent days.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office says a 911 caller told dispatchers this morning that two groups walking through the desert east of Gila Bend had been out of water for three days and needed help. Officials originally thought that one group had 15 people and the other three.

U.S. Border Patrol and Bureau of Land Management officers have joined the sheriff’s search and rescue team in the effort to find the missing people.

Migrants frequently cross the desert from the Mexican border north toward Phoenix, but they are more commonly seen in the cooler months.

 

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