UNITED STATES—On Monday, April 25, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott announced that the body of Texas Army National Guard Soldier, Spc. Bishop E. Evans has been found.
On Saturday, April 23, Texas Rangers, Texas Army National Guard, DPS Officers, and first responders continued their search for a missing National Guard Soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star. The solider dove into the Rio Grand River to save migrants from drowning on Friday, April 22.
The following statement was issued by Governor Abbott:
“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop E. Evans who was reported missing in Eagle Pass on Friday. Our National Guard soldiers risk their lives every day to serve and protect others and we are eternally grateful for the way SPC Evans heroically served his state and country. I thank the members of the Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Border Patrol, and local law enforcement for working around the clock to locate this soldier. The Texas Military Department will continue to provide more updates to the public as they become available. I ask that Texans join Cecilia and me in praying for the family and friends of SPC Evans as they grieve this heartbreaking loss.”
According to reports, two of the migrants the missing soldier attempted to save have been arrested and taken into custody for international drug trafficking. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the soldier stripped of his body armor and jumped into the Rio Grande River to save a migrant in distress. First reports indicated that the body of the soldier never resurfaced.
The incident occurred in Eagle Pass. According to authorities, the body discovered belonged to a migrant. He was pulled from the waters from the Mexico side of the Rio Grande River.
My office continues to work with the Texas National Guard and other law enforcement agencies as they search for the missing soldier in Eagle Pass.
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— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 22, 2022