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. The latter went missing in the Rio Grande when attempting to rescue Mexican drug traffickers on the border.
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, KHOU reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement about the discovery on his social media.
“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,” Governor Abbott.
We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop Evans.
He heroically served his state & country.
I want to thank all rescue teams that worked to locate this soldier.
Join me & Cecilia in praying for the family & friends of SPC Evans. pic.twitter.com/xwSZlqEGhT
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 25, 2022