Migrant dies crossing south Brewster County

BREWSTER COUNTY – A migrant died crossing into an extremely remote area of Southeast Brewster County last week.

The individual was with a group of migrants that entered the United States illegally traveling towards Sanderson. U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sanderson Station – Big Bend Sector were notified on Friday, July 19, by the Mexican consulate in Del Rio that an individual was left behind when he collapsed and died. The Mexican consulate received a report from one of the individuals in the group who had been apprehended by Sanderson agents on July 9 and vaguely knew where the deceased individual was left.

Border Patrol agents from the Sanderson and Alpine Stations subsequently deployed to a vast area south of U.S. Highway 90 where the deceased individual was believed to be located. Big Bend Sector agents continued searching for the individual in all known locations based on the description provided.

Brewster County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received information on Thursday, July 25, and the BP agents were given additional information regarding the deceased individual’s location on July 26. Sheriff deputies and BP agents searched the area on foot, ATV, and by aircraft, until the body was recovered on Friday evening.

The scene was turned over to the BCSO upon their arrival. The individual will be examined to determine the cause of death, and this incident is currently under investigation. The family of the individual has been notified.