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    5 bodies found in burned-out SUV in Arizona desert

    5 bodies found in burned-out SUV in Arizona desert

    By the CNN Wire Staff
    updated 8:21 PM EDT, Sat June 2, 2012

    (CNN) -- Five bodies were found Saturday in a burned-out vehicle in the southern Arizona desert, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

    Border Patrol officers originally spotted the SUV early Saturday and tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off and disappeared, Babeu said. Aided by daylight, authorities later in the day were able to find tracks near where the vehicle was intially spotted, which led officers to the burned-out Ford Explorer.

    Authorities are investigating whether the bodies found are linked to violence by Mexican drug cartels. The incident took place in the Vekol Valley, a hotbed of drug- and human-smuggling activity, according to Babeu, who said his department conducted 350 high-speed chases in the area last year in an effort to curb such crime.

    One of the bodies was found in the second row of the SUV, while the others were in the cargo area of the vehicle. A second set of automobile tracks was also found at the scene, according to Babeu.

    A cause of death for the victims, who have not been identified, is not yet known.

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    Arizona: 5 Bodies Found in Burned Out Vehicle Likely Tied to Cartels

    Saturday, June 2, 2012 | Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis

    This image provided Saturday June 2, 2012, by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, shows the vehicle where five dead bodies burned were found inside in Pinal County's Vekol Valley area, west of Casa Grande, N.M. Authorities say the incident may be drug related. (AP Photo/ Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

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    Five bodies burned beyond recognition have been found inside the shell of a charred sport utility vehicle in the Arizona desert, and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Saturday the case is likely connected to drug cartel violence.

    The bodies and vehicle were found in the Vekol Valley, a rugged, mountainous desert area that's a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants headed from Mexico to Phoenix and the U.S. interior.

    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.

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

    A Border Patrol agent first spotted the white Ford Expedition driving at around 4:30 a.m.

    The vehicle disappeared despite an effort by federal and local authorities to track it down. Why the vehicle first drew attention from authorities is unclear.

    At daybreak, an agent spotted tracks leading from Interstate 8 into the desert. The vehicle that left the tracks had apparently launched off the highway, going airborne for a short distance before landing in the desert. The tracks continued on for a couple of miles.

    Agents could see the smoldering vehicle from a distance through binoculars.

    They approached with extinguishers. Inside, they found the bodies _ one in the rear passenger seat and four lying in the back cargo compartment. The front seats were empty, Babeu said.

    Babeu said investigators will try to determine whether the victims were dead before the SUV was set ablaze or whether they were alive when the fire was started.

    "Clearly these people were murdered, but we don't know the manner of death," he said.

    The sheriff said the extent of the violence, particularly in the western part of the county _ about 35 miles south of Phoenix _ is more evidence that drug smuggling north of the border hasn't subsided.

    Pinal County deputies were involved in more than 350 high-speed pursuits last year, and Babeu said most of those involved cartel members. There have been shootings, the bodies of murder victims have been left in the desert and just this week, several loads of drugs were confiscated, he said.

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