Naming the Dead

Volunteers at Texas State University in San Marcos are analyzing the skeletal remains of migrants who died crossing rural South Texas, mainly in Brooks County. Forensic scientists and students hope the migrants' profiles will help families identify the remains. 


GABE HERNANDEZ/CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES: Ryan Strand from the University of Indianapolis views a skull of a migrant exhumed from a Brooks County cemetery June 17 at the Texas State University forensics lab in San Marcos. Student volunteers from Indianapolis, New York and Ohio have spent a few weeks helping forensic anthropologists process the backlog of unidentified migrant bodies.

Number of Unidentified migrants datacards grouped by Ethnicity



Number of Unidentified migrants datacards grouped by Sex



Texas State University provided the Caller-Times with information on 20 individuals who were recovered but have not been identified. 

Kate Spradley, an associate professor of anthropology, also is the director of Reuniting Families' Operation Identification. The all-volunteer project aims to help return remains to their homes. Deceased migrants profiled here were found in Brooks, Jim Wells and Jim Hogg counties.

Unidentified migrants datacards





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