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Eagle Pass Border Patrol Agents Recover Body from Rio Grande

Release Date: 
April 26, 2019

EAGLE PASS, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station marine unit recovered the body of a deceased man from the Rio Grande River.

“Del Rio Sector has rescued over 200 people this fiscal year, an increase of over 800 percent from the same time last year.  Even with our agents on patrol and making these rescues, the Rio Grande is unforgiving and will take its toll,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Any loss of life is tragic and this unfortunate event serves as a reminder of the dangers present when crossing the Rio Grande.”

On April 25, Border Patrol agents, conducting marine operations, encountered a deceased person approximately a mile upriver of the Eagle Pass Port of Entry on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande River. The body was recovered from the river by the Eagle Pass Fire Department and Border Patrol Marine agents, and was turned over to the custody of a Maverick County Justice of the Peace.

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019, there have been five water-related deaths encountered by Del Rio Sector agents.

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.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021