Photo: 5 Bodies Found in Flaming SUV Believed to be a Result of Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico
Investigators are attempting to piece together the events that led to five bodies being charred in a SUV in Arizona’s southern desert.
According to reports, Border Patrol attempted to pull over the white Ford Excursion earlier Sunday, but failed to do so after the vehicle sped away.
Just hours later, tracks linked to the same vehicle were followed, leading officers to the smoking SUV.
After putting out the fire with extinguishers, the officers discovered five severely charred bodies. Four of the five bodies were reportedly in the cargo/back area, while the other was in the back seat.
Authorities believe this was a result of drug cartel-related violence, calling the Vekol Valley area where it occurred a “smuggling superhighway.”
The investigation continues and serves to answer a number of questions, including whether the people in the SUV were alive when the fire began.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told reporters, “Clearly these people were murdered, but we don’t know the manner of death.”
The vehicle was found about 25 miles south of Phoenix.