The White House has not yet commented on the Guardsman’s disappearance.
Search resumes for Texas National Guard soldier, 22, who disappeared while attempting to save two migrants suspected of narcotics trafficking who were crossing the Rio Grande river
- Authorities continued searching for a missing Army guardsman on Saturday
- The soldier, 22, jumped into the Rio Grande on Friday to save drowning migrants
- Officials will continue their search until they ‘exhausted all available resources’
- Police say the migrants were involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking
- They were safely rescued and are now in custody of border patrol
- It is unclear if the soldier knew of their alleged criminal activities
Published: 01:49 EDT, 24 April 2022 | Updated: 01:54 EDT, 24 April 2022
Authorities are searching for a Texas National Guard soldier who went missing after jumping into the Rio Grande river to save a pair of drowning migrants from Mexico.
The 22-year-old soldier, whose name has not been released, went into the water near Eagle Pass, Texas on Friday and has not been seen since, according to a Texas Military Department press release.
Multiple agencies searched for the soldier on Saturday and ‘will continue until we have exhausted all available resources,’ the department said.
‘Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of the soldier.’
Preliminary investigation revealed the migrants, who are now in the custody of border patrol, were involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking.
It is unclear if the military member knew of their allege criminal activity when he jumped to their rescue.
The guardsman had been assigned to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star initiative that was aimed at combatting illegal border crossings and drugs.
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