Border Patrol leads to dead bodies discovery
POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:13am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — We are out with the Border Patrol's all-terrain vehicle unit.
Out in triple digit heat and a sweltering sun, it encounters a group of five immigrants from El Salvador.
"We were coming on our way, we decided just to show up and see if we can come across them," ATV unit member Guillermo Noriega said. "And on our way down, that's when we saw them come up the dam already."
Noriega is part of the many ways Border Patrol watches for crossers.
"We have a lot of resources we use here in the Border Patrol to complete the mission," the Border Patrol's Joe Gutierrez Jr. said. "Right now, you just saw the ATV unit, we have the horse patrol, the marine patrol, and we also have moto cross bikes that we have as well to patrol. At any given day, we have the resources to get the job done."
The Border Patrol's land, air and sea coverage has proven beneficial to local law enforcement as well. What it means is an extra set of eyes for illegal activity.
Border Patrol helicopters spotted two bodies this week in remote areas near the river.
"Unfortunately, it is part of the job, to come across some people that are deceased, and it hurts us," Gutierrez Jr. said. "We try to do the most that we can."
One of the bodies was so hard to get to, a path needed to be excavated in order for investigators to reach it.
The cases are being handled by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, because they don't fall in the jurisdiction of Border Patrol.
"The Border Patrol and other inter-agencies we work with, we have a really close relationship," Gutierrez Jr. said. "Despite the fact that we're federal... We really have a fine partnership because whenever we're out here, we rely on them, and they rely on us."
The autopsy results for the bodies found are not yet available, but they were found in a known smuggling corridor. There is also no word on the nationalities of the bodies.