OCOTILLO, Calif. – On Thursday night, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station located a teenage girl that was the subject of an Amber Alert issued out of Baja California, Mexico.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents operating the Remote Video Surveillance System detected a person that appeared to be wandering in the desert 17 miles west of the Calexico Downtown Port of Entry. Nearby agents were dispatched to check on the person.
Responding agents located the person, a 16 year-old female, who they recognized as the subject of an active Amber Alert out of Baja California, Mexico.
“I am glad that El Centro Sector agents were able to locate this young lady and will be able to help reunite her with her family,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott.
The El Centro Sector Foreign Operations Branch is working with authorities in Mexico to piece together the circumstances that led to the female wandering out in the desert and to ensure her safe return to her family in Mexico.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.