TWO MIGRANTS who were in the group assisted by the National Guardsman that disappeared in Rio Grande were ‘involved in narcotics trafficking’ according to cops.
The soldier has yet to be found after going missing on Friday.
Fox News reported that the two migrants were involved in “illicit transnational narcotics trafficking,” according to officials, as the search for the missing soldier resumed today.
In a tweet, Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin said the two migrants “are in federal custody. Soldier still missing, family notified.”
This comes as earlier reports from Fox News claimed the soldier has drowned in the river near Eagle Pass, Texas, and Mexico on Friday, however, the state’s military department debunked the news saying the soldier went “missing” along the waters.
Fox News also reported that officials said this is being treated as a “presumed drowning,” at this time.
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Sheriff Tom Schmerber of Maverick County told the New York Times that the unnamed guardsman was attempting to rescue a migrant woman who was struggling in the water while trying to cross.
The woman was crossing with a small group of migrants on Friday morning, according to the sheriff.
The guardsman apparently was swept away by the current at around 8.30am after assisting the migrant woman who survived and made it across the river.
The military department said they and the Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol agents are working rapidly to find the soldier.
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Shortly before 2pm local time, law enforcement recovered the walkie-talkie and body armor that belonged to a National Guard soldier.
They found it by the water where he apparently threw it aside before attempting to assist the struggling migrant woman.
A body believed to be that of a migrant was found while looking for the missing trooper.
Sheriff Tom Schmerber said that the county has recently seen about two drownings of migrants per week.
“When I was in the Border Patrol, we advised never to jump after anybody,” Schmerber said.