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5 Bodies Found In Burned-Out SUV

VEKOL VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Five bodies have been found in a burned out sport utility vehicle in the Arizona desert and authorities say the find is likely connected to drug cartels.

Officials say that investigators believe it was the same vehicle that fled from Border Patrol agents before dawn Saturday.

At daybreak, an agent spotted tracks off Interstate 8 that led into the desert. The smoldering SUV was then spotted with binoculars.

Inside, agents found one body in the back passenger seat and four others lying in the rear cargo compartment. They were burned beyond recognition. The driver's seat and front passenger seat were empty.

Officials call the latest incident significant. They say they're concerned about the extent of the violence in the western part of the county, saying drug smuggling north of the U.S.-Mexico border has not subsided.

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