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U.S. Border Patrol searching Rio Grande River for a missing 2-year-old

A framed photo of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his daughter, Valeria, sits on an altar with flowers during a candlelight vigil at Alice Hope Wilson Park in Brownsville, Texas, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley hosted the vigil. The young father and daughter who drowned in each other’s arms last week in an attempt to swim across the Rio Grande to the United States have been returned to El Salvador for an expected burial at a private ceremony in the capital Monday. (Associated Press)
Published Jul. 3

DEL RIO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents are searching for a missing 2-year-old girl in the Rio Grande near the Texas town of Del Rio. According to a news release Tuesday, agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station detained a woman from Haiti shortly after she crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico. The woman told agents she had lost her daughter while crossing the river.

Higher-than-average snowfall in the Rocky Mountains is sending more water into the Rio Grande and adjacent canals, creating deceptively swift waters. Border agents say they are rescuing immigrants from the river on an almost daily basis.

RELATED: A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants

A migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter recently drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal permission. The photos of their bodies have sparked international outrage.

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