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Fellow Miner, Left for Dead, Needs Our Help

On January 11, 2002, at 7:00 am, a passerby found what he thought was a dead body by the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store in front of the gate to the storage lockers next door. The police arrived to find Don Thornton, the Pro-Mack South Quartzsite store manager, unconscious, black and blue...

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