Update: Body Armor and radio, as well as the body of a woman, found on the banks of the Rio Grande. Still no word on the National Guard Soldier.
BREAKING: Law enforcement in Eagle Pass, Texas, have just recovered the walkie talkie and body armor that belonged to a National Guard soldier who went missing at 8:30 a.m. CT after jumping in the Rio Grande to save a drowning migrant woman, per 2 sources https://t.co/pk79TTtLPf
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) April 22, 2022
A Texas Guard soldier on the border mission has "gone missing" along the Rio Grande river, officials say — calling reports of a fatality "inaccurate."
— Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) April 22, 2022
Reports coming in that a Texas National Guard Soldier has drowned in the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, after attempting to help migrants in distress.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 22, 2022
Texas DPS has confirmed one body has been recovered. This story is developing.
Operation Lone Star, which has deployed 10,000 service members to the Texas Border, is a state-led military operation designed to stem the migrant crossings and illegal narcotic trade into the United States from Mexico.
According to Texas Governor Abbot: “Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, multi-agency efforts have led to more than 236,000 migrant apprehensions, along with almost 14,000 criminal arrests — and more than 11,300 felony charges. Over 3,800 weapons and almost $30 million in currency have been seized. In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has seized over 300 million lethal doses throughout the state.”