Death toll 9 after bodies found inside tractor trailer outside Walmart

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Authorities were called after a San Antonio Walmart employee was approached by someone from the truck asking for water. According to authorities, there was no A/C or water to drink for the individuals. A total of 39 had been in the tractor trailer.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) are investigating the matter along with local Law Enforcement.

{Source} Fox News

“The death toll in what police called a horrific human trafficking case — eight men died inside a sweltering 18-wheeler parked outside a San Antonio Walmart — reached nine on Sunday.

 

San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Expand / Collapse

 

James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, from Clearwater, Florida, was taken into custody, federal prosecutors said. No immediate charges were filed.

 

One additional man died at the hospital, according to Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE had announced 10 were dead before revising the number to nine.

 

A total of 39 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including at least four teenagers, Fox 29 reported. Twenty people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition, and another eight had “less critical” injuries.

 

“We’re looking at human trafficking crime here this evening,” Police Chief William McManus said, adding that it was “a horrific tragedy.”

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