NM: Body of duck hunter found in Rio Grande
July 16, 2010
Body of duck hunter found in Rio Grande confirmed as Las Cruces-area man
The body of a Las Cruces-area man who apparently drowned in the Rio
Grande while hunting ducks was found Thursday. Juárez rescue crews
identified him as Ezequiel Roman Lesa, who was about 45 years old. His body
was found in the river near the Bridge of the Americas, said Bernardo
Escudero Ortega, Juárez Ecology and Civil Protection director.
Juárez officials said Lesa was originally from New Mexico. The body was
recovered by Juárez authorities because it was closer to the Mexico side of
the river. The cause of death is pending, but rescue crews believe Lesa
On Monday night, Lesa was hunting in Juárez when he reportedly went into
the river to retrieve a duck and was carried away by a strong current,
Juárez fire department officials said. He could not be found that night
despite searches on both sides of the border. They included El Paso Fire
Department divers and a helicopter.
Mexican and U.S. authorities are conducting a campaign warning people
about the dangers of trying to swim in the river.
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