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Tragedy on ranch lands in Rio Grande Valley: Unidentified body found, cold spell claims second unknown man

Release Date: 
December 11, 2017

EDINBURG, Texas – On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office notified the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station of a deceased person found on a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas. Agents, a Sheriff’s deputy and a Justice of the Peace arrived at the scene. No identification was found on the body. The decedent was transported to a local funeral home.

Later that day, Kingsville agents responded to a call for assistance from a ranch in Norias, Texas. A ranch hand had located a distressed individual on the property. Responding agents found a male subject who appeared to be suffering from hypothermia due to the cold rain and air temperature. He was disoriented, unable to speak, shaking and floating in and out of consciousness. Agents valiantly performed CPR on two occasions to successfully resuscitate the man. Before Emergency Medical Services arrived to transport the subject to a hospital, he again lost consciousness, breath and a pulse. After hours of attempting to revive the subject, doctors pronounced him deceased. No identification was discovered on the man and where he was originally located. The unknown decedent remains at a local morgue.

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: 
December 11, 2017