Updated at 10:34 p.m.
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the bodies of four people Sunday, three of whom appear to be small children, near the Anzalduas Park, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra.
The bodies appear to be that of two infants, a toddler and a woman in her earlier 20s, and they may have been dead for a few days by the time they were found, Guerra said.
The sheriff issued a statement via Twitter on Sunday night saying that deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office were also at the scene of the discovery, located near the Rio Grande southeast of the park and within the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area.
This location is believed to be an area known locally as El Rincón del Diablo, or the Devil’s Corner, a large swath of land outside of Mission and near Granjeno, oft-used by smugglers due to its proximity to Mexico. According to Monitor archives, this is also where deputies from the Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office have recently assisted Border Patrol in processing migrants crossing into the U.S., thanks to state and federal border security funds.
The Monitor also previously reported low visibility in El Rincón after sundown; so much that the constables’ headlights and tail lights on their units sometimes served as the only illumination for miles.
“There’s a lot of brush. It’s like ranchland; there’s no difference,” Constable Larry Gallardo added in description of the area where the bodies were found.
Gallardo said Sunday that funding for the previous cycle has been exhausted and anticipates assisting Border Patrol again in the future, noting that agents are stretched thin and could use the help.
In the meantime, Guerra said FBI agents will be leading the investigation into this incident.