DEL RIO, Texas – On June 1, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station recovered a deceased individual from the Rio Grande River.
“The Rio Grande River poses a great risk of danger to everyone on daily basis, then you add the recent rains and it can become a death trap to individuals not equipped to handle the rough waters,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Rodolfo Karisch.
Border Patrol agents conducting marine operations near Eagle Pass, discovered a deceased individual in the Rio Grande River adjacent to ranchland, southeast of the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. The body was recovered by Border Patrol agents along with personnel from the Eagle Pass Fire Department. A preliminary investigation at the scene by the Maverick County Sheriff's Office did not reveal any signs of foul play or violence. Justice of the Peace Dora Madera pronounced the subject deceased at 4 p.m. The subject, a 39-year-old man, had a Mexican identification card and was later identified as Mexican national. The body was turned over to a local funeral home. The Mexican Consulate was notified.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the 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.