Border Patrol’s Missing Migrant Program Aids Texas Ranger Investigation
EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol assisted the Texas Rangers with the identification of a desiccated body.
On June 23, 2020, the Texas Rangers were notified of a deceased man on private ranch in Starr County. The decedent had no identification and the body was in late decomposition stages. Due to the severe decomposition, Texas Rangers contacted the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol’s Missing Migrant Program (MMP) for assistance. Agents utilized a technique known as macrophotography to collect fingerprints from the decomposed subject and made a positive identification.
The MMP is comprised of a team of Border Patrol agents that focus resources on locating lost or missing subjects who have often been abandoned by smugglers. While a concerted effort is made to locate subjects in distress, the MMP team is often used to help identify migrants that have succumbed during their treacherous journey. Additionally, the MMP will at times assist local agencies in identifying decedents found throughout the Rio Grande Valley to bring closure to families and resolution to cases.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
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.