News and research resources

If you are trying to locate someone who’s gone missing, please review these resources for places that can help you start looking.

Cronkite reporters conduct an interview through the border fence in Nogales, Ariz. - November 2011TABLE OF SECTIONS
• missing from mexico pages
• academic, data & research
• advocacy
• gov & ngo (political)
• general missing persons sites
• news (arizona)
• news (global)
• news (mexico)
• news (narco)
• news (u.s.)
• news (u.s.: the los angeles times)
• news (u.s.: the new york times)
• reporters / journalists
• reports: news in depth
• books


The MFM News page
A partial listing of articles, photos and videos about border issues, forensics and reporting.

The MFM full news database
A growing database of articles, radio pieces, video and official reports about border issues, forensics and reporting. Article submissions welcome.

NOTA BENE: Listings are not endorsements and Missing from Mexico is not responsible for the content of external sources.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Arizona Border Trash
Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants
CIA World Factbook: Mexico
Forensic Science International
Journal of Forensic Sciences and the January 2008 Border Symposium Issue
Migration Policy Institute
Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Pew Hispanic
University of North Texas: UNT Center for Human Identification’s Forensic Services Unit (untfsu)
University of San Diego: Trans-Border News Blog
Servicio Meteorológico Predicción y Prevención de Mortalidad
United States Census Bureau
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’s The Canada Institute: Beyond the Border Observer


American Immigration Lawyers Association
Humanitarian Border Solutions
No More Deaths / No Más Muertes: Facebook page
Tucson Samaritans / Los Samaritanos
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium


The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons

ColdCases Group

Let’s Bring Them Home: National Missing Adults Program (also on Facebook and on Twitter as @lbth)

Missing people – help and support – a good information site from the UK on how to start a missing persons search.

Missing Person Link and the maps

Outpost for Hope

Peace4 the Missing: Voice Platform and Support Network for Families of Missing and Victims of Crime

University of North Texas: UNT Center for Human Identification’s Forensic Services Unit (untfsu)

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs – this site includes a family survival guide with short and long term advice (aimed at child disappearances but good information for all families) and a list of national resources.

Web Sleuths


Arturo Sarukhan: Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
Consulado de Carrera de México en Tucson
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Border 2012 – A Binational Success Story
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (also Local News Releases & CBP Twitter Contacts by Location)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of State
United States Census Bureau


Ahwatukee Foothills News
Arizona Capitol Times
Arizona Daily Star: (also ‘Losing Ground: Tucson’s kids pay poverty’s high price’
Arizona Republic (also Border/Immigration reporters, Immigration & the Border and News Special: Sheriff Joe – an in-depth look at ‘America’s toughest sheriff’)
AZ Daily Sun
Cochise TV
Cronkite News Online
East Valley Tribune
Green Valley News
Heat City: Hard news in the public interest from metro Phoenix
Kingman Daily Miner
KPHO: Help find Arizona’s missing children
newsarizona: a twitter list
Nogales International
North County Times
Payson Roundup
Phoenix New Times
Rim County Gazette
Sierra Vista Herald
The Navajo Post
Today’s News-Herald:
Tucson Sentinel
Tucson Weekly
White Mountain Independent
Yuma Sun


Al Jazeera: Topic: Americas
The Associated Press: @AP and Nerve Center staff: A list of NY-based staff who manage AP’s flagship social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
BBC News: Latin America
BBC News: Mexico Direct
BBC News: US & Canada
Global Post and Global Post: Mexico
Latin American Herald Tribune


Border Line
Diario del Sur
El Imparcial
Noticias de Nogales
El Sol de Mexico: Migración
La Jornada
MexicoPerspective (@mexperspective)
Numero Uno Online
El Sol de Tijuana
Somos Frontera: coverage of daily events in Ciudad Juarez, El Paso and Las Cruces
Sonora Ahora
South Notes
Univision Noticias
La Voz de la Frontera
xeny genial
Zeta Tijuana


Borderland Beat
Ciudad Juraez
El Blog del Narco
Narco Mexico
Narco News Bulletin


ABC Univision
Al Jazeera America: Topic: border
Eastern Group Publications: Eastside Sun / Northeast Sun / Mexican American Sun / Bell Gardens Sun / City Terrace Comet / Commerce Comet / Montebello Comet / Monterey Park Comet / ELA Brookyln Belvedere Comet / Wyvernwood Chronicle / Vernon Sun
The Economist
El Diario de El Paso
El Latino San Diego
El Paso Times
Fox News Latino (@foxnewslatino)
Fronteras Desk (@FronterasDesk): also Broken Border: Immigration Reform in the Southwest, Topic: SB 1070 and Topic: Operation Fast & Furious
Huffington Post: Arizona Immigration Law
getty images: border death
Huffington Post: Latino Voices
Mexodus: A Borderzine Project
National Public Radio (NPR)
North County Times
ProPublica: Post Mortem – Death Investigation in America
Somos Frontera: coverage of daily events in Ciudad Juarez, El Paso and Las Cruces
Texas Observer: Law enforcement
VOXXI : an independent voice for Hispanic America
The Washington Post


LAT: ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal
LAT: Border Patrol
LAT: Cartels
LAT: Ciudad Juraez
LAT: Drug trafficking
LAT: Drug trafficking Mexico
LAT: Drug violence
LAT: Guns
LAT: Illegal immigrants
LAT: Latin America
LAT: Mexico
LAT: Mexico Under Siege – The drug war at our doorstep
LAT: Missing persons
LAT: Murders Mexico
LAT: Smuggling
LAT: Traffickers
LAT: Without a country


@nytimes National Journalists: A public Twitter list by NYT National News
NYT: Arizona
NYT: Arizona Immigration Law (SB 1070)
NYT: California
NYT: Deportation
NYT: Illegal Immigrants
NYT: Immigration and Emigration
NYT: Immigration Detention (U.S.)
NYT: In-Custody Deaths
NYT: Joe Arpaio
NYT: Mexico
NYT: New Mexico
NYT: Texas
NYT: The Opinion Pages – Immigration
NYT: U.S. – Mexico Border Fence
NYT: U.S. Border Patrol
NYT: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Mariana Alvarado: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona News
Cesar Barrón: Noticias de Nogales & xeny genial
John Burnett: NPR
Russell Contreras: The Associated Press
Melissa del Bosque: Texas Observer
Ken Ellingwood: The Los Angeles Times
Valeria Fernández: Two Americans: a film by Daniel De Vivo and Valeria Fernández and Facebook page for Two Americans
David Gaddis Smith (@mexperspective)
Uriel J. Garcia (ujohnnyg): The Associated Press
Daniel Gonzalez (@azdangonzalez): Arizona Republic
Terry Greene Sterling (@TGSterling): Illegal: life and death in Arizona’s immigration war zone and Facebook page for Illegal)
Jonathan Hollingsworth: Left Behind
Victor Hugo Michel
Jude Joffe-Block (@judejoffeblock): Fronteras Desk
Marc Lacey: The New York Times
Michel Marizco: Fronteras Desk
Richard Marosi: The Los Angeles Times
Brady McCombs (@BradyMcCombs): Arizona Daily Star
Jennifer Medina: The New York Times
K. Mennem: San Diego Reader, at Hell on Earth: Uncut reports from the Americas and at Uncut Reports
Matt Nager Photography: Migrant Death and Identification
Julia Preston (@JuliaPrestonNYT): The New York Times
Bob Ortega: Arizona Republic
Roberto Reveles: San Tan Valley
Ildefonso Ortiz (@IldefonsoOrtiz): Texas Monitor
Margaret Regan: The Death of Josseline: Immigration stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands and Tucson Weekly
John Rosman: Fronteras Desk
Hernán Rozemberg (@scribehernan)
Fernanda Santos (@fernandaNYT & The World As I See It): The New York Times
Samantha Sais: photographer for The New York Times
Erin Siegal (@erinsiegal): Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth, @FindingFernanda, Finding Fernanda a daily news blog examining issues related to adoption corruption, human rights and Fronteras Desk
Edward Sifuentes: North County Times
Tim Steller: Arizona Daily Star
Perla Trevizo (@Perla_Trevizo): Arizona Daily Star
Tracy Wilkinson: The Los Angeles Times
Shannon Young: South Notes


A Line in the Sand
ASU News21: Latino America 2010
Death in the Desert 2004 – 2010
Divided Families
Family Ties
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Backfire – A Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered mistakes and failures in an undercover sting in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Missing & Missed (also available in pdf)
Trapped in violence
Undocumented Abuse
Unidentified Dead Common on the Border (also available in pdf)


Bone Woman by Clea Koff: an exposure to the intersection of forensic anthropology and human rights work through a pioneer member of the forensic teams that worked on sites around the world for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal.

Crossing with the Virgin: stories from the migrant trail by Kathryn Ferguson, Norma A. Price, Ted Parks: a collection of border stories, anecdotes and personal narratives by Tucson Samaritans.

The Death of Josseline: Immigration stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands by Margaret Regan: a case study of the death of 14-year-old Josseline who was crossing with her younger brother to join their parents and was found by a No More Deaths volunteer.

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea: a deeply researched case study about the one of the first incidents (2001) where a large group of people died crossing the Arizona desert in the Yuma Sector.

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario: the story of a Guatemalan boy’s attempt to reach his mother in the US by hopping trains through Mexico, written by a reporter for the LA Times.

Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth by Erin Siegal: An in-depth investigation of $30,000 U.S. dollars, four Guatemalan orphans, one nonprofit evangelical Christian adoption agency, an accused family-run child-trafficking ring, one infant cut from her unconscious mother’s womb, two missing sisters, and a nine-member Tennessee family who believed wholeheartedly in Christian love and faith– until the dark side of international adoption shattered their trust. (also @FindingFernanda and Finding Fernanda: a daily news blog examining issues related to adoption corruption, human rights, & more)

The Human Bone Manual by Tim D. White & Peiter A. Folkens: a great graphic primer for trying to build some bone knowledge with a ton of photos and information.

Illegal: life and death in Arizona’s immigration war zone by Terry Greene Sterling: a nuanced look at politics and immigration in Phoenix including personal stories. (and Facebook page for Illegal)

Left Behind: Life and Death Along the US Border photographs by Jonathan Hollingsworth, forward by Dr. Gregory L. Hess.

Witnesses from the Grave: the stories bones tell by Christopher Joyce & Eric Stover: the story of forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow and his career including his work on mass graves in south America and his contribution to identifying escaped Nazi doctor Mengele as well as a really great background on the field of forensicsincluding how height / weight metrics were developed.

Border arrest – 26 June 2010

2 thoughts on “News and research resources

  1. Missing person by the name of David Saucedo Hernandez age 28. He has been missing since May 27, 2014. Has certain tattoos if you can help or direct me towards a place where we can may be go identify his body or if he was arrested.. Last heard he was trying to cross but I don’t know where he was…

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