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Body of Missing Texas National Guard Soldier Found Near Eagle Pass, Identified as SPC Bishop E. Evans

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The body of the missing Texas National Guard Soldier was found, officials confirmed on Monday.

The missing National Guard member who drowned on Friday was identified as Specialist Bishop Evans.

He went missing in the Rio Grande when attempting to rescue drug traffickers on the border.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released this statement:

“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop E. Evans who was reported missing in Eagle Pass on Friday,” said Governor Abbott. “Our National Guard soldiers risk their lives every day to serve and protect others and we are eternally grateful for the way SPC Evans heroically served his state and country. I thank the members of the Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Border Patrol, and local law enforcement for working around the clock to locate this soldier. The Texas Military Department will continue to provide more updates to the public as they become available. I ask that Texans join Cecilia and me in praying for the family and friends of SPC Evans as they grieve this heartbreaking loss.”

KHOU 11 reported:

Officials did not say when Evans’ body was found, but crews continued searching Sunday morning with three extra airboats given by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A search of Evans’ body was halted Saturday due to increasingly difficult conditions in the river.

Spc. Evans was a 22-year-old from Arlington, Texas, where he attended Mansfield High School. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in May of 2019 and was assigned to the 4-133 Field Artillery Regiment in New Braunfels.

Evans was also a member of Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait during the fall of 2020.

The TMD says Evans’ dedication, talents and tactical prowess led him to also be regularly assigned to support Special Operations Forces in Iraq.

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