SAN ANTONIO — migrants dead after being found inside truck in San Antonio on Monday in what appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history.
At least 51 immigrants have died after being abandoned in the back of a trailer discovered Monday in San Antonio, officials said Tuesday.
More than a dozen others were taken to local hospitals because of fever.
The death toll in the tragedy rose to 51 on Tuesday afternoon, Bexar County officials said at a news conference, and some of the dead may have been teenagers who have not yet reached the age of majority.
Most of the victims were found dead in a trailer in the sweltering Texas heat, officials said.
Federal law enforcement officials confirmed to CBS News’ Homeland Security and Justice Correspondent Nicole Sjanga that this appears to be the deadliest human trafficking case in recent US history.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, officials in Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, said the death toll had risen to 51.
Among the dead were 39 men and 12 women, county spokesman Tom Payne told reporters.
Not all victims have been identified, he said, and some victims may be under 18 years old.
Officials said the regional medical examiner will likely be able to identify 34 of the deceased at this point in the investigation.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday morning that 22 of the dead were Mexicans, seven from Guatemala and two from Honduras.
The nationalities of the remaining 20 people have not yet been confirmed.
The 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.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson said in a statement that Homeland Security investigations responded to the scene after receiving a call from the police department.
The spokesman said that more details will be revealed as the investigation continues.
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