'Death March': KSAT crew hikes path migrants take after crossing Texas-Mexico border

'When buzzards are up ... it can mean human remains,' ranch hand says

SAN ANTONIO – With all the national media attention the border has received in recent months, KSAT 12 has traveled to South Texas to answer many of the lingering questions about immigrants entering the country.

On Wednesday, KSAT's Steve Spriester, Luis Cienfuegos, Mario Orellana and Adrian Garcia will walk the same path -- known as the "Death March" -- that undocumented immigrants take when they cross the Texas-Mexico border and into Brooks County.

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The Brooks County Sheriff's Office told KSAT 12 that from 2004 to present, authorities have found more than 720 skeletal remains of migrants across the area.


The BCSO said June, July and August are historically the deadliest months for the county. 

The KSAT crew walked nearly six miles through three ranches.

A BCSO deputy said the migrants typically walk about 25 miles, but that some migrants walk more than 50 miles. The walk that the migrants endure is just a quarter of their journey. 

About the Authors:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.