Undocumented immigrant dies in Ocotillo

Undocumented immigrant dies in Ocotillo

OCOTILLO, Ariz. –  An undocumented immigrant is dead after he fell off a cliff in the desert.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents say the incident happened Friday at about 1 a.m. The San Diego Sheriff’s Office received a call about a man involved in a vehicle roll-over while attempting to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S.

Agents say it wasn’t until 7:22 a.m. that a California Highway Patrol air crew was able to locate the vehicle inside the Carrizo Wash off of State Route 2.

A total of 10 men were found. One of them dead.

Border Patrol agents say the six hour search was not easy.

“We’re talking about a very vast area with a lot of washes, a lot of canyons, a lot of valleys, a lot places where this vehicle could have fallen into and very well did fall into. So it’s a very hard task. Figuratively speaking looking for a needle in a haystack, it’s a very wide open area,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Guillermo Esparza.

According to authorities the man died from his injuries after falling off the cliff while trying to get cellphone service.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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