Body found in desert near Benson

Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM MST
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BENSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Tuesday June 26, 2018 at approximately 3:00 am, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was advised of an unattended death near the Amerind Foundation off of Dragoon Road east of Benson.

The call was received from US Border Patrol who advised that they had received a call from an Illinois law enforcement agency regarding a male subject who had called a family there, telling them that their brother was left in the Arizona desert and somehow provided coordinates for his location.

BP agents responded to the area and were able to locate 28 year old Omar Garcia-Herrera, of Guatemala, who was deceased. It appears that Herrera was with a group of subjects crossing through the area when he may have become sick in the heat and ultimately died as a result of environmental factors.

The body was transported to the Pima County Medical Examiners Office for the completion of an autopsy to determine cause of death.

The Guatemala Consulate was notified and made contact with his next of kin.

There are no signs of foul play at this time, and the investigation is being continued by the Sheriff's Office.

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