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Border Patrol Leads Search for Missing 2-Year-Old in Rio Grande River

Release Date: 
July 2, 2019

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station, Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue, Air and Marine Operations, and law enforcement from Mexico searched for a missing 2-year-old in the Rio Grande River near Del Rio.

Del Rio Sector BORSTAR Dive Team searches for 2-year-old girl in Rio Grande River.
Del Rio Sector Dive Team searches
for 2-year-old girl in Rio Grande River.

“Any time a child is lost it is a tragic event,said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “I can not imagine the anguish the parents of this young girl must be feeling and I hope our search efforts pay off with a positive outcome.”

Late on July 1, agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station detained an adult female from Haiti shortly after she crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico. The woman told agents that she had lost her daughter, a 2-year-old national of Brazil, while crossing the river. Agents from the Del Rio Station and Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit searched the river throughout the night, assisted by law enforcement teams from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. The search for the missing girl has continued throughout the day, today, with a remotely operated submersible, BORSTAR dive team, CBP Air and Marine Operations, and boats from both Border Patrol and Mexico assisting.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021