In this report from KSAT-TV San Antonio, Baylor anthropologist Dr. Lori Baker discusses the work she and a team of students have undertaken to identify the bodies of undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas. Baker, an associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, leads Reuniting Families, an organization she started with the goal of recovering and identifying the remains of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.
Baker and her team recently made their first positive identification in Brooks County, determining the identity of a female from Honduras who was buried in a cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas, a small town approximately 160 miles south of San Antonio.
Learn more about this research:
- Dr. Lori Baker’s faculty website.
- Baylor University’s Department of Anthropology.
- “Baylor faculty and students use forensic science techniques to identify undocumented remains,” Research Tracks post from May 2013 on Dr. Baker’s work in South Texas.