Thursday, August 10, 2023

Body Spotted Near Texas’ Floating Barriers in Rio Grande, Mexico says; 2 Bodies Found in Rio Grande Near US-Mexico Border: Officials

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Body spotted near Texas’ floating barriers in Rio Grande, Mexico says:
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said Wednesday that a dead body has been spotted along the floating barriers that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott installed recently in the Rio Grande river, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said authorities are trying to recover the body, and did not know the person’s nationality.
The department said Mexico had warned about the risks posed by the bright orange, wrecking ball-sized buoys on the Rio Grande. It also claims the barrier violates treaties regarding the use of the river, and violates Mexico’s sovereignty.
“We made clear our concern about the impact on migrant’s safety and human rights that these state policies would have,” the department said in a statement.
The barrier was installed in July, and stretches roughly the length of three soccer fields. It is designed to make it more difficult for migrants to climb over or swim under the barrier. --->READ MORE HERE
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2 bodies found in Rio Grande near US-Mexico border: Officials:
Two people have been found dead in the southern part of the Rio Grande river, officials said.
One body was found stuck in the lines of orange buoys installed by Texas authorities near the U.S.-Mexico border. A second body was discovered separately in the area of the buoys by the Beta Group of Piedras Negras, according to a statement from Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary and Mexico’s Migration Institute.
The Texas Department of Public Safety notified the Mexican Consulate in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon that a person was found dead in the southern part of the floating barriers. Members of the Mexican National Institute of Migration's assistance unit are spearheading efforts to recover the body, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"So far, the cause of death and nationality of the person is unknown," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
On Thursday, however, a source close to the investigation told ABC News that both of the people found were men. The man found by the buoys was from Mexico and is believed to have been dead for some time. The other man, who was found further away, was from Honduras. He is believed to have died more recently, the source said.
A cause of death has not been determined.
An identification of the Honduran body was made by his mother who recognized her son’s tattoos, the ministry said Thursday. He was 20 years old, but authorities cannot officially confirm his identity until a footprints expert opinion is conducted due to the advanced state of decomposition.
The identity of the second body remains unknown and has not yet been claimed, the ministry added. --->READ MORE HERE
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