In Two Days, Three Bodies Found in El Paso Canals
POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 7:42pm
Update: The five-year-old girl who was found in the canal located at Calleros and Santa Fe Street, and died Tuesday morning at University Medical Center (UMC) has been identified. Late Wednesday afternoon, investigators were notified that Edith Aguilar was at the Paso Del Norte Bridge, seeking information on her daughter, and husband who were missing from Juarez. Further investigation resulted in the identification of Eva Jaredzi Beltran-Aguilar, as the girl who died.
EL PASO - In two days, rescuers have pulled three bodies from El Paso canals. We told you about the little girl, who was found in the water at Calleros and Santa Fe Street. Today, a man's body appeared in the Franklin canal. Now, the El Paso Police Department needs help, as they try to identify the victims.
"We received a call about...a body floating in the Franklin canal, here around Clark and El Paso Drive. Fire rescue, water rescue crews came out, evaluated the situation and determined it was going to be a body recovery. So, we had the divers set up and they were able to pull the body out of the river,” said John Concha, with the El Paso Fire Dept.
That dead body is believed to be that of a Hispanic man.
This comes two days after police say a four- or five-year-old girl was found in the water at Calleros and Santa Fe Street. She was rescued, and taken to University Medical Center for treatment, but died Tuesday afternoon, when she was taken off life support.
Mike Baranyay, with the El Paso Police Department, said that at this point, they don't know if there's a link between the little girl and the man that was found this morning.
“...those are two completely separate investigations, because there's no indication that directly ties them together,” said Baranyay.
However, investigators acknowledge that witnesses said they saw a man jumping into the Rio Grande, Monday afternoon, and ended up finding the little girl, while they searched for the man.
"This canal does connect with the canal that that little girl was found in,” added Baranyay.
There's only one clue police have on the identity of one of the victims. Investigators said the little girl
was last seen wearing a red and white dress. They're hoping that helps Mexican and local authorities identify her.
“Hopefully, that information is getting relayed into Mexico. So, if there's a family over there, missing their little girl...regardless of that case, they'll be able to contact us and hopefully be able to get some closure to that family,” stated Baranyay.
El Paso police also said that because this case involves authorities on both sides of the border, it could be a while before they get to the bottom of it.