TUCSON — After a nearly two-day search, the U.S. Border Patrol said a migrant woman from India and her child who were reported missing in the harsh Arizona desert turned themselves in to agents overnight on Friday morning, west of Lukeville.

The woman and her 8-year-old daughter crossed back into Arizona at around midnight Friday morning, after walking back to Mexico sometime Wednesday, according to the Border Patrol. 

Authorities on both sides of the border began searching for the pair Wednesday morning after Border Patrol agents apprehended the group of Indian migrants they had traveled with.

The migrants told agents that three other people, a woman and two children, had been separated from them hours prior in the desert wilderness.

After a few hours, agents located the remains of a 7-year-old girl at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, about 17 miles west of the Lukeville port of entry. But they were unable to find the mother and other child. 

The agency said that after turning themselves in to border agents, the woman explained her circumstances. She and her daughter were then transported to a hospital for dehydration. 

Sheriff’s deputies recovered the remains of the 7-year-old girl Wednesday and transported them to the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.

That office conducts autopsies on the remains of dozens of migrants found dead every year along the Arizona deserts in Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. 

So far this year, the Pima County medical examiner has received the remains of 58 migrants as of May 30, according to the migrant mortality map run by humanitarian aid group Humane Borders, using information from the examiner’s office.

In 2018, they received the remains of 127 migrants. 

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