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Rio Grande Valley agents discover several bodies as temperatures flare

Release Date: 
June 29, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector recovered three more bodies early this week of migrants who succumbed to the trek into the United States.

Early Sunday afternoon, Falfurrias agents received a call from a local rancher who stated he had discovered human remains. Agents responded to the area and were able to recover the remains. The subject was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace R. Garza and was transported to a local funeral home. The subject has not been identified.

A body was also discovered in the area south of Bentsen Palm State Park in Hidalgo County. The remains did not have any form of identification but had a cell phone. It is believed the female was from Guatemala. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

A third body was discovered Tuesday morning by agents working on a local ranch in Falfurrias. The agents were able to identify the subject as a Salvadoran national. The remains were collected and transported by a local funeral home.

Wednesday afternoon, skeletal remains were discovered on a ranch by Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents. Brooks County Sheriff’s Office transported the remains to the coroner’s office for identification purposes.

The Rio Grande Valley 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 their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021