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Family mourns Tucson woman who was found dead in Sonora


SONORA, Mexico – Search and rescuers crews have found the body of a Tucson woman after she was swept away during Friday’s storm.

According to members of the family of the missing woman, 39-year-old Guadalupe Bustamante was said to be missing for several days after she was swept away in a wash in Sonora, Mexico. The family said she left behind two children – one as young as 7-years-old.

“It really hurts. It’s really difficult for all of our family right now,” Kassandra Barcenas, the niece of Bustamante said. “We weren’t really expecting this news. We were just trying to be hopeful and positive. Then once we found out that we have found her body, it takes a toll on you.”

Her family said Bustamante and her boyfriend, Abel were crossing a wash in their vehicle when it swept them away Friday morning near Mile Marker 21. The family said Abel was able to be rescued, but it was too late for Bustamante.

“I’m just glad that we finally know,” Barcenas said. “We found her body and she can finally be put to rest. We’re just thankful for everybody in Nogales, Sonora, and even here helping us out in the searches. A lot of people from Mexico were out looking. A bunch of neighbors, a bunch of ranchers, a lot of civilians were out there looking for my aunt and we do really appreciate everybody’s help. We couldn’t have done it without them. We’re just very grateful.”

The family now is working to make funeral arrangements.

“My tia Lupita, she was really funny, like her laugh,” Barcenas said. “If she started laughing, you would laugh because her laugh is so funny.”

Denelle Confair

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