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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Missing Teen

Release Date: 
March 18, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – An individual reported missing was rescued yesterday by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents near Ajo, Ariz. 

Monday, agents from Casa Grande Station and Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) responded to a citizen’s report of suspicious activity.  Upon arrival, agents located a male subject with no identification. A records check revealed his identity as a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident reported missing out of Sacramento, Calif.

The subject said he had been lost in the desert without food or water for five days. BORSTAR agents evaluated and provided water to the subject, who was later turned over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

In remote or rugged locations, small events can quickly escalate into dangerous situations.  Border Patrol agents are often the first to respond to emergencies in rural and remote areas. 

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021