DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Comstock Station found a deceased individual on a local ranch, Feb. 14.
“Attempting to circumnavigate the rugged terrain poses a great danger and risk to life,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Felix Chavez.
“Unfortunately, the topography of the Texas/Mexico border can be deadly for those individuals ill-equipped to handle the treacherous journey.”
Border Patrol agents encountered two undocumented aliens on a ranch west of Langtry. They informed the agents their companion had most likely been injured and had possibly fallen into a canyon. Comstock agents immediately began searching for the man and eventually discovered a lifeless body in Pump Canyon. Agents quickly notified the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office; Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR); and a Val Verde County justice of the peace. Due to the terrain and the depth of the canyon, BORSTAR agents had to use technical rope recovery procedures to extract the deceased man from the bottom of the canyon. An identification card found on the body identified the man as a 33-year-old Mexican national. His body was turned over to a local funeral home and the Mexican Consulate was notified.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.
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.