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May 2001 Yuma County John Doe

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  • Last updated: March 13, 2023
  • May 23, 2001

Overview of May 2001 Yuma County John Doe

Investigators believe the decedent was a guide who crossed the U.S./Mexico border near Lukeville on May 19, 2001, with a group of 28 Mexican migrants. After walking more than 30 miles over four days, the man succumbed to the triple-digit heat. He succumbed to desert elements around May 23, 2001. 14 members of the group also died. The man was known as "Lauro" to the group. Others with him who survived said they never knew his last name and were no help in dentifying him. One guide who set out with the group, a man named "Santos," turned back toward Mexico after two days, leading two crossers safely back. Authorities are looking for Santos as a possible means to identify Lauro.

Estimated Date of Death: Days prior State of Remains: Recognizable face Cause of Death: Exposure

Dentals: Available. Available. His right front tooth had a significant cavity. One molar is missing antemortem. Missing front tooth lost postmortem. Fingerprints: Available. X-Rays: Available. DNA: Available.

Clothing: Green short sleeved t-shirt with a Pacific logo. Black Wrangler jeans, size 31x30 and a brown belt with a white buckle of a horse head. Black sneakers, Starter brand, size 6.5. Tan socks. Jewelry: Unknown Additional Personal Items: Adult comic strip clippings in pocket.

The Doe Network Case Number: 467UMAZ


  1. Date Found:May 23, 2001
  2. NAMUS Number:6647
  3. Race:Hispanic / Latino
  4. Gender:Male
  5. Height: 5'6"
  6. Weight:112 lbs.
  7. Hair Color:Black
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