Border Patrol Agents Search for 3-Year-Old after Group Crosses Rio Grande River
Mother Believed Drowned
Eagle Pass, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station are searching for a 3-year-old boy reported missing after attempting to cross the Rio Grande River with his mother, Aug. 20.
“This is heartbreaking tragedy that occurs too often,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Border Patrol agents are using all available resources in the search for the missing boy.”
At approximately 1:30 a.m., a group of 12 suspected undocumented immigrants were seen crossing the Rio Grande River near the Port of Entry. Responding agents were notified by members of the group that a woman and her 3-year-old son were swept away by the strong current while they were attempting to cross the river. Agents immediately began search and rescue efforts to locate the mother and child, with the assistance from CBP Air and Marine Operations aircraft.
On Aug. 21, at approximately 11 a.m., Eagle Pass South Station marine agents discovered a female body matching the description of the missing 28-year-old Honduran woman. The search for the 3-year-old is ongoing.
The body was turned over to the custody of the Maverick County Justice of the Peace.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.