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Ariz. authorities searching for 20 lost migrants in desert

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/16/2015 NICOLE HENSLEY
A group of 20 migrants are lost in the Maricopa County, Ariz., desert with local authorities searching for them via helicopter in an area known as a human trafficking corridor. - KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH/AP © Provided by New York Daily News A group of 20 migrants are lost in the Maricopa County, Ariz., desert with local authorities searching for them via helicopter in an area known as a human trafficking corridor. - KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH/AP

Arizona authorities are desperately combing a border desert for a lost group of 20 migrants who have been without water for three days.

A 911 call alerted deputies at 11 a.m. Saturday of a group that separated along “a common corridor for human trafficking,” Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Joaquin Enriquez said.

The caller was one of the lost migrants who crossed the border illegally.

“These are people migrating through the desert having bad times. It’s very hot out there,” Enriquez told the Daily News.

Three of the migrants have already been found, but the rest are wandering north toward Interstate 8, west of Gila Bend and about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix.

The vast desert area is scattered with some trees and bushes and is a known area for drug trafficking as well.

Border Patrol and Bureau of Land Management officials are among the agencies searching for the lost group.

This is developing story and will be updated.

nhensley@nydailynews.com

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