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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Tribune Review
Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004

Row numbers refer to the photographs on the front of this section.

Row 1

William Aher, 54, Wexford

Ani Ardhaldjian, 36, Chicago

Narod Ardhaldjian, 2, Chicago

Thomas Arrigoni, 49, McMurray, Washington County

Daniel Averill, 43, Katy, Texas

Marshall L. Berkman, 57, Squirrel Hill

Johne Bigelow-Abbott, 62, Orlando, Fla.

Lee Scott Blake, 34, McMurray, Washington County

Ron Brown, 50, Trafford, Westmoreland County

Ronald Cale, 47, Allison Park

Stanley Canty, 29, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; flight attendant

Daniel A. Clark, 61, Hollidaysburg, Blair County

Guy Clegg, 44, Masontown, Fayette County

Lawrence Cole, 33, Amity, Washington County

Robert Connolly, 43, Upper St. Clair

Row 2

John Cooper, 38, Pleasant Hills

Michael Cosseboom, 32, Wexford

Timothy Davis, 35, Zelienople, Butler County

Randall Dellefield, 37, Smithfield, Fayette County

Marla Dickerson, 25, New York City

Joseph Duffy, 28, Chicago

James Eller, 38, Plum

Charles Emmett III, 38, Nassau Bay, Texas; first officer

Dwight Evans, 41, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County

Robert J. Evans, 52, Venetia, Washington County

Michael Felger, 36, McKees Rocks

Lisa Ferm, 35, Pittsburgh

Charles Fiantaca, 50, Montoursville, Lycoming County

Kevin Flaherty, 35, Cranberry, Butler County

Capt. Peter Germano, 45, Moorestown, N.J.; pilot

Row 3

Jeffrey Gingerich, 57, Mt. Lebanon

Leonard Grasso, 41, Monroeville

Row 4

Larry Grondin, 41, Nashua, N.H.

Sarah Elizabeth Slocum-Hamley, 28, Chesapeake, Va.; flight attendant

Row 5

Gary Hapach, 33, Daugherty, Beaver County

Charles Hardobey, 45, Lawrenceville

Row 6

Walter Heiligenberg, 56, Del Mar, Calif.

Steve Heintz, 41, Mars, Butler County

Row 7

Joy Henderson, 30, Swissvale

Melvin Henry, 36, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County

Row 8

Scott Holden, 55, McCandless

David C. Huxford, 54, Oakland, Md.

Row 9

Todd Johnson, 37, Alliance, Ohio

William J. Kabbert II, 39, Pittsburgh

Row 10

X. Daniel Kafcas, 62, Shavertown, Pa., and Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Thomas Kinsey, 39, North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County

Row 11

Bernard Koch, 49, Upper St. Clair

Joseph Koon, 52, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Row 12

John Kupchun, 52, Merrimack, N.H.

Daniel Kwasnoski, 57, Bethlehem, Lehigh County

Row 13

John David Lamanca, 27, Roanoke, Va.

William T. Langan, 57, Morgantown, W.Va.

Row 14

Charlotte Langan, 55, Morgantown, W.Va.

Rob Leonhardt, 47, Neshannock, Lawrence County

Row 15

Gerald Lindstrom, 60, Fox Chapel

David Ling, 46, Pittsburgh

Kirk Lynn, 26, Greensburg, Westmoreland County

Bruce R. Malenke, 45, Uniontown, Fayette County

Robert Marciniak, 23, State College, Centre County

Manville Mayfield, 67, Morgantown, W.Va.

Timothy McIlvried, 32, Bethel Park

Charles McNamara, 43, Sewickley

Paul McSherry, 35, Upper St. Clair

William I. Menarcheck, 43, Hopwood, Fayette County

David Mirilovich, 38, Windber, Somerset County

Greg Morford, 41, West Des Moines, Iowa

David Musick, 55, Upper St. Clair

Brian Nichols, 37, Nanticoke, Luzerne County

Deborah Norden, 40, New York, N.Y.

Row 16

Brian Nugent, 36, Bradford, McKean County

Patricia Offley, 46, Bedford, Mass.

Nimish Virendra Oza, 28, Houston, Texas

William Peters, 54, McMurray, Washington County

Jose Ponce, 41, McCandless

Santhirasegaran Ramasamy, 35, Monroeville

Anthony Rich, 27, North Yarmouth, Maine

Paula Rubino-Rich, 29, North Yarmouth, Maine

Kevin Rimmell, 34, Scott

Dan Ruzich, 33, Des Plaines, Ill.

Edward Ryan, 36, Indiana Township

Frank A. Santamaria, 37, McCandless

Lance Schelhaas, 20, Corsica, S.D.

Rick Schell, 47, Brunswick, Ohio

Alan Sefcik, 43, Washington, Washington County

Row 17

Richard Shillinger, 60, Mt. Washington

Stephen Shortley, 37, Ross

April Lynn Slater, 28, Irving, Texas; flight attendant

Ernest Smathers, 43, Wattsburg, Erie County

Andrew Solensky, 45, Johnstown, Cambria County

John Spahr, 49, Appomattox, Va.

Janet S. Stamos, 40, Munhall

Thomas Szczur, 42, Johnstown, Cambria County

Richard Talbot, 61, Blacksburg, Va.

Jocelyn Taylor, 35, Point Breeze

Joel Thompson, 61, Oak Park, Ill.

Joan Lahart Van Bortel, 29, Lisle, Ill.

Bernie Varisco, 31, Tarentum

Edwin Vega, 45, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Bernard R. Waters Jr., 50, Imperial

Row 18

Lee Weaver, 62, Upper St. Clair

Earl Weaver, 50, Upper St. Clair

Kathleen Weaver, 44, Upper St. Clair

Brian Weaver, 16, Upper St. Clair

Lindsay Weaver, 11, Upper St. Clair

Scott Weaver, 7, Upper St. Clair

Holmes Webb, 51, Morgantown, W.Va.

David Wheeler, 57, South Salem, N.Y.

Jack White, 55, St. Albans, W.Va.

Edwin K. Wiles, 50, Upper St. Clair

Michael Williams, 26, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Dewitt Worrell, 54, Lexington, Va.

Michele Ziska, 36, Cranberry, Butler County

No photos available

Laurie Baer, 32, Asheville, N.Y.

Harry F. Bernard, 49, Pleasant Hills

John T. Dickens, 51, Crozet, Va.

Karen Dickson, 40, Glenwillard

David Garber, 39, Laguna Hills, Calif.

Richard Garmhausen, 33, Pittsburgh

Tom Harger, 41, Chicago

Mary Havlin, 35, Bronx, N.Y

Denise Jenkins, 28, Arthurdale, W.Va.

Carolyn Kwasnoski, 56, Bethlehem, Lehigh County

Ed Mahoney, 60, Carpenterville, Ill.

Timothy McCoy, 28, Three Springs, Huntingdon County

Chad Morris, 35, Wilmington, Del.

Jeff O'Keefe, 36, Downington, Dauphin County

Paul Olson, 34, Orlando, Fla.

Eugene Raykin, 27, Monroeville

Susan Schwenkler, 31, Addison, Ill.

Donna A. White, 34, Wilkinsburg

Steve W. Wyant, 38, Keswick, Va.

Curt Young, 37, Oakmont

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