Officials said the body of one of the two young brothers was recovered when their family was trying to cross the fast-moving Rio Grande last week.
According to the agency, US Customs and Border Protection agents found a husband and wife from the African country of Angola who “illegally” crossed the Rio Grande about a mile west of the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas on May 2. Was.
The couple told agents that their two sons, ages 7 and 9, “were carried away by strong river currents while attempting to cross into the United States,” the press release read.
A boat patrol unit was dispatched to the area where the children were last seen alive in an attempt to locate them.
Border Patrol officers also contacted their counterparts in Mexico seeking help in the search operation.
Meanwhile, the parents of the missing boys were taken into custody and “processed in accordance with CBP guidelines,” according to the agency.
Then on Thursday, the body of a child matching the family’s description was found by Mexican authorities near a riverbank on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande.
The body of an unidentified adult was also found nearby. The boy’s relationship with the boy is unknown at this time.
The Border Patrol said agents were still trying to locate the second missing son of the Angolan couple.