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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Agents Discover Remains

Release Date: 
December 3, 2018

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley locate human remains.

On Saturday afternoon, the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station received a call from the Brooks County Sherriff’s Office (BCSO) regarding skeletal remains found on a local ranch. Agents, along with BCSO, responded to the scene to investigate. BCSO took custody of the remains and transported them to the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sunday, a Fort Brown agent patrolling the Rio Grande near Brownville, Texas, observed a deceased subject on the United States riverbank. Brownsville Police Department, Brownsville Fire Department (BFD), and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the scene. BFD retrieved the body and the local Justice of the Peace ordered an autopsy. EMS will transfer the decedent to a local funeral home in Brownsville.

This morning, McAllen agents patrolling south of Mission, Texas, located the body of a deceased subject in the Rio Grande. Agents contacted the Mission Police Department and Mission Fire Department to assist in the recovery the decedent. After successfully recovering the subject, a local Justice of the Peace ordered the body transported to the county morgue.  

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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Last modified: 
December 4, 2018