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Rescue Efforts and Recoveries Continue Over the Weekend in the Rio Grande Valley

Release Date: 
September 5, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas –U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley rescued five illegal aliens and discovered the remains of two deceased subjects over the weekend.

On Friday, riverine agents assigned to the Harlingen station discovered the body of deceased man along the U.S. river bank. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and the local Justice of the Peace responded to the scene and had the decedent transported to the Coroner’s office.

On Saturday, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol station responded to a 911 call regarding four lost subjects abandoned by smugglers near Encino, Texas. Agents responded to the geographical coordinates of the originating call and located the four men. All subjects were provided medical attention and transported to the Falfurrias Border Patrol station.

On Sunday Morning, Kingsville agents working in Kenedy County discovered human skeletal remains near Armstrong, Texas. Agents contacted the Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office and the local justice of peace who responded and took custody of the remains.

That afternoon, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) informed agents of a subject lost in the ranch lands near Falfurrias, Texas. Agents responded to the GPS coordinated provided by BCSO and successfully located the man. The man was provided medical attention and transported to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”    

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September 5, 2018