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.