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