Authorities have identified a missing Texas National Guard specialist who tried to save two migrants from drowning in Rio Grande on Friday.
The 22-year-old Bishop of the Texas National Guard, Bishop E. Evans, has disappeared after trying to rescue two migrants who appeared to be drowning in the Rio Grande near the Eagle Pass, the Texas Department of War said.
The search for SPC Evans, assigned to Operation Lone Star, continued for a third day on Sunday after search and rescue teams had to suspend diving operations on Saturday night due to the strength of the river, according to a press release.
The search continues with the addition of three Texas Public Safety aircraft, officials said.
An investigation by Texas Rangers has revealed that the two migrants were involved in “illegal transnational drug trafficking,” authorities said. The two migrants have now been detained by US customs and border services.
Officials said SPC Evans, a field gunner from Arlington, was assigned to the A Battery, 4-133 Field Artillery Regiment in New Braunfels. He joined the Texas National Guard in May 2019.
He returned in the fall of 2020 from mobilization for Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait, officials said.
“During this mobilization, his dedication, talent and tactical prowess led his leadership to regularly deploy him to operations in Iraq in support of special operations forces for short periods of time, and then returned to Kuwait,” he said. Department of Texas.
Authorities said they would continue to search for the missing soldier until all available resources were exhausted.
We will bring more updates to this story as they become available.
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Officials have identified a missing Texas Guardsman who tried to rescue drowning migrants; search enters day 3
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