The search for a man who crossed into the United States without proper documentation ended Sunday night after a body matching his description was found in a lake.
The person who found the body was Rafael Hernandez, the director for Angeles Del Desierto, a non-profit group that searches for missing people along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hernandez, who came from California to look for the Guatemalan man, found a body with the man’s description on Sunday night. The family of the missing man, who has been identified as Edgar Moscoso, reached out to the organization with the hopes of getting answers.
Hernandez used his kayak to pull Moscoso’s body to the edge of the lake and onto dry land. He later called officials to report what he found.
“It had already been 14 or 12 days that he had died,” Hernandez said.
A justice of the peace ordered an autopsy, and investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office are working to confirm the identity of the body.
“I feel bad about the situation. There is no respect for our people. If it were an American citizen I’m certain there would have been a helicopter to take him out,” said Hernandez, who is now headed to Crystal City, Texas to look for another missing person.
Hernandez said Moscoso’s family is currently in contact with the Guatemalan Consulate in McAllen.