Dozens of migrants found dead
SAN ANTONIO — Dozens of migrants found dead inside a truck in San Antonio, officials say on Monday in what appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history.
Federal officials confirmed to CBS News Homeland Security and Justice Correspondent Nicole Sjanja that this appears to be the deadliest human trafficking case in recent U.S. history.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday morning that the death toll had risen to 50.
He said 22 of the dead were Mexicans, seven were Guatemalans and two were Hondurans. The nationalities of the remaining 19 people have not yet been confirmed.
Lopez Obrador said the Mexican government would provide assistance to family members of the dead.
San Antonio Police Chief William P. McManus said three people were arrested after the discovery, but added that authorities did not know if they were connected to the incident. He did not expand on their identities.
The grim discovery was made early Monday evening in an undeveloped area southwest of San Antonio near the railroad tracks.
Officials said that a person working in the area reported hearing a cry for help and saw at least one dead body.
Homeland Security investigations responded to the accident on Quintana Road near Cassin Road after a call from the San Antonio Police Department and found more than 40 people dead at the scene, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday in a statement.
“We’re not supposed to open a truck and see piles of bodies in it,” Hood said.
Fernandez said he asked her and Garcia Seller if they could pray for her, and she nodded.
He said they asked her if she was from Guatemala and she nodded again.
“It was a nice experience to end the day this way,” Fernandez said.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the people who died had “families that were probably trying to find a better life.”