Brooks County to Use Grant Money from State to Investigate Mass Graves

Brooks County still has $40,000 available to put toward figuring out how bodies from outside the county were buried at the Brooks County Cemetery. The money comes from a $151,000 grant from the Governor's Office to help process unidentified remains found in the county -- predominantly those of illegal immigrants.

More than 52 bodies were found there last week by researchers -- bodies and body parts found buried in plastic bags.

Brooks County Judge Raul Ramirez said none of the bodies found in plastic bags were from Brooks County. They were buried in body bags with ID tags, and he said the remains found in plastic bags came from neighboring Jim Hogg County.

An investigation into how that happened will now get underway.

The county judge along with the district attorney and several others will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to legally lay out how to best conduct the investigation.


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