Dead In Alleged Human Trafficking Case

Human Trafficking In Texas: 8 Found Dead Inside Truck In Walmart Parking Lot

Bodies of eight people, including two children, were found in a auto park near a Walmart supermarket in the USA city of San Antonio, Texas, BBC reported on Sunday.

According to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, authorities were notified by a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone asking for water. The gruesome discovery happened in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot.

At least two "school-age" children were among the group, The Times reports, and the youngest injured individuals were 15 years old.

Eight people were found dead inside the truck; two more died in the hospital after sustaining critical injuries.

Several others may have managed to escape on foot into the woods nearby.

"We're looking at a human trafficking crime this evening".

Investigators do not know where the truck came from or how long it had been sitting in the parking lot before police arrived.


The truck's driver, named by the U.S. Attorney's Office as James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., was arrested in connection with the incident and was expected to appear in court on Monday. At least 39 people were inside the big rig truck.

McManus added that after the immigrants were treated for heat stroke and dehydration, they would then be investigated by ICE.

It was over 100 degree Fahrenheit (37.8 degree Celsius) in San Antonio on Sunday. The tractor-trailer's air conditioning was not working and the temperatures outside were very high.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said that after the trailer was discovered, a "mass casualty incident" was called.

"The driver and whomever else we find in this will be facing state and federal charges", McManus told the press. A search overnight did not locate any additional victims, but police said they would conduct a second aerial search once daylight broke.

Police say they checked surveillance video, which shows vehicles had arrived and picked up other people from the tractor-trailer.

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