“We ran out of water. Please keep praying for us.” 

— Last text message sent by a Texas border crosser to her sister. Her body was never found.

Along the Texas/Mexican border, undocumented immigrants are dying from dehydration, heatstroke, or hypothermia after crossing the border fence into Texas. The text message above is an example of the last form of communication a loved one receives before a border crosser goes missing. 

Before crossing, many immigrants are coerced to travel without identification so it’s harder to detain them if apprehended. It is also makes it difficult to identify them when dead. A wave of skeletal remains are showing up in a small rural town near the Texas border fence and a volunteer forensic anthropologist discovers that the local Justice of the Peace is burying these remains in unmarked graves. She must fight against time to give these lost souls one last breath. 

This story is about hope, empathy and a proper death ritual.