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Undocumented Mexican man dies from exhaustion after walking for more than 14 hours

December 8, 2017


EAGLE PASS, Maverick County -- An undocumented immigrant from Mexico died Thursday afternoon from apparent physical exhaustion after walking through the woods for more than 14 hours. He, his wife and his brother-in-law were headed to San Antonio. 


According to the sheriff's office, the trio was walking through a wooded area near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 57 when the 28-year-old man collapsed and lost consciousness.


His wife, who was carrying a mobile phone with her, dialed 9-1-1 and requested assistance, but paramedics and law enforcement offices took nearly two hours to find their location. 


The man was dead by the time help arrived, the sheriff's office said. A justice of the peace pronounced the man deceased shortly after. 


His body was taken to a local funeral home, and his case was referred to the local Mexican Consulate office. 

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