Las Cruces Man Found In Rio Grande

El Paso – Mexican authorities have recovered the body of a New Mexico man from the Rio Grande after he had been hunting and went into the water to retrieve a duck.

The body of Ezequiel Roman Lesa, who is from the Las Cruces area, was located Thursday. Bernardo Escudero Ortega, director of Ciudad Juarez Ecology and Civil Protection, says the body was recovered near the Bridge of the America. The cause of death is pending, but rescue crews believe Lesa drowned.

The El Paso Times reports that Lesa was hunting in Juarez on Monday night when he apparently went into the river to try to retrieve a duck, but was carried away by the strong current.

Recent rains have swelled the Rio Grande, leading to flooding downstream.


Information from: El Paso Times,

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