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Remains found in AZ desert likely homicide victims

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Pima County medical examiner says five sets of skeletal remains found concealed in the desert west of Tucson appear to be homicide victims.

Border Patrol agents found the remains on May 28 about 12 miles northwest of Sells on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in an area often used by smugglers

The remains were covered partially with rocks and possibly a tarp.

The chief deputy medical examiner for Pima County - Dr. Greg Hess - said the five body bags were opened Tuesday.

He says all of the remains appear to be men who weren't U.S. citizens and some of the five have broken bones that could be from gunshot wounds or blunt force injuries.

Hess says the bodies could have been in the desert for up to a year.

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