A mounting body count has burdened sparsely populated Brooks County and provided further evidence of shifting migration routes.
Aug. 23, 2013 Lavoyger Durham, manager at El Tule Ranch, checks a 55-gallon drum he keeps filled with water jugs on the property, near Falfurrias, Tex. Brooks County, home to a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint about an hour north of the U.S.-Mexico line, last year handled the bodies of 129 suspected immigrants who died while trying to come to the United States illegally. Brooks County will now send all newly recovered bodies and skeletal remains to nearby Webb County for autopsies, DNA sampling and more intense efforts at identification. Eric Gay/AP Buy Photo