The Unclaimed Dead
In Texas, the Bodies of Migrants Who Perished in the Desert Provide Clues to the Living

Devereaux, Ryan; Shults, Robert

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  01/07/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21122

Operation Identification, a program began in 2013 amid a swirl of grassroots organizing, lead the exhumation of more than 50 unidentified human remains from a rural graveyard named Sacred Heart.



Researchers will compare the vegetation growth atop this grave to that from a nearby plot containing only backfill, refining methods for identifying clandestine burial sites.


Graduate student Chloe McDaneld fills a skeletal processing kettle with water at Texas State University's Osteological Research and Processing Laboratory in San Marcos, Texas, Jan. 20, 2016. An application of low, sustained heat in this kettle helps remove remaining soft tissue from donors' skeletons. Undergraduate student Jordan Daem inspects a casket delivered to Texas State University's Forensic Anthropology Center as part of a forensic investigation in San Marcos, Texas, Nov. 20, 2015. Texas State faculty and students assist in an average of five open forensic cases each year.

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