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MCSO: Body found in desert near Gila Bend

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The crosses were made by Tent City inmates. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The crosses were made by Tent City inmates. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A body found in an Arizona desert area known for human and drug trafficking prompted the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to open an investigation.

The body was found over the weekend off Interstate 8 near Gila Bend. Details of the death were not immediately available.

Continuing an initiative announced last summer, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies placed another cross where the body was located to mark the GPS coordinates.

The crosses, constructed by inmates at the Tent City Jail, provide information to the sheriff's 911 operators that can be used during a search and rescue operation.  

So far, deputies have placed five crosses in the desert south of the Valley.

"Just last week my deputies rescued three people who had been in the desert with no water for many days," Arpaio said in a statement. 

Twenty bodies have been found in the same general area since the summer. Sheriff's deputies have been involved in more than 37 rescues there over the past few months.

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