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The Texas Military Department identifies lacking National Guard soldier as rescue efforts stay underway

The Texas Military Department (TMD) mentioned in a information launch that Evans, a specialist, is a 22-year-old discipline artilleryman from Arlington, Texas, and has served within the guard for nearly two years.

Evans was deployed to Kuwait with assignments in Iraq as a part of Operation Spartan Shield earlier than serving on Texas’ southern border, in accordance with the discharge.

CNN reported Friday Evans was assigned to Operation Lone Star, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to fight what he has known as a disaster on the US-Mexico border.

The TMD, together with each state and federal rescue and security companies, have but to find Evans.

Dive groups ceased operations alongside the Rio Grande Saturday night because the river’s present continued at an “increased” tempo, the discharge mentioned.

Three airboats from the state’s Department of Public Safety had been added to the rescue efforts Sunday morning, in accordance with TMD.

Local legislation enforcement on Friday mentioned Evans tried to rescue a lady who was crossing the Rio Grande close to Eagle Pass, Texas, and “never came up,” in accordance with CNN’s reporting.

In an up to date launch on Saturday, the TMD mentioned the soldier “selflessly attempted” to assist two migrants who seemed to be drowning as they illegally crossed the river from Mexico to the United States.

“Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Border Patrol continue to support TMD with the Texas Rangers as the lead for the investigation that began yesterday when the service member went missing,” the discharge mentioned.

According to preliminary stories from the Texas Rangers, the 2 migrants are suspected of being “involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking” and are presently within the custody of US Customs and Border Patrol.

Evans’ household was notified concerning the disappearance on Friday night time, in accordance with the discharge.

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