With record heat scorching parts of Texas, Rio Grande Valley ranchers are urged to be on the lookout for illegal migrants trying to walk on.
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.
Border Patrol spokesperson Marlene Castro told KRGV that deaths are down from last year, but the amount of rescues has stayed consistent. Castro said 756 were rescued in 2016 and 757 so far this year.