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Rescue and tragedy collide in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
November 3, 2017

FALFURRIAS, Texas – On the same day in separate incidents, agents rescued two migrants left behind in the brush by ruthless smugglers and discovered human skeletal remains.

On Wednesday, November 1, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station regarding a 911 caller who reported two subjects as being lost in the brush. Agents responded to the last known GPS coordinates of the phone call and rescued two male immigrants, a Guatemalan national and a Honduran national. Both subjects declined medical attention.

Earlier that day, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office notified agents of skeletal remains workers found on a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas. Agents and a Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene. No identification or personal effects were found near the remains. The deputy transported the remains to a medical examiner’s office.

RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in our communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021