Five Bodies Found in AZ Desert

    Image #: 18124006    Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff's photograph shows a burnt SUV which had bodies of five people burned beyond recognition in Vekol Valley is about 35 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona in this June 2, 2012 photograph. The location where the smoldering SUV was found is in a desert between Phoenix and the Mexican border that is a popular route for smuggling migrants and drugs, a local sheriff said. Mexico has been roiled by drug violence in recent years. More than 50,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence there since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and launched a crackdown on traffickers.   REUTERS/Pinal County Sheriff's Office/Handout  (UNITED STATES)    REUTERS /Pinal County Sheriff's Office /LANDOV

    Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Reuters / Landov

    Five bodies burned beyond recognition were found in a sport utility vehicle in the Arizona desert Saturday in what is thought to be the result of cartel violence. “Given all these indicators, you don’t have to be a homicide detective to add up all this information,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told reporters. The vehicle was found in the Vekol Valley, a desolate area frequented by smugglers of drugs and immigrants crossing back and forth across the border between Mexico and Arizona. “Clearly these people were murdered, but we don’t know the manner of death,” Babeu said. Pinal County deputies last year were reportedly involved in more than 350 pursuits, a high percentage of which involved traffickers, according to Babeu.

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