The search for a 2-year-old girl who went missing in the waters of the Rio Grande River Monday night finished Friday, with first responders unsuccessfully scrutinizing the waters one last time.
The girl, identified by Mexican authorities as Alía, is a Brazilian national, the daughter of Haitian nationals who crossed the river Monday night along with a group looking for asylum in Del Rio.
Alía’s mother was carrying the toddler near the Del Rio-Acuña international bridge when the girl was taken from her by the current. As soon as they crossed to U.S. soil the mother notified the U.S. Border Patrol, prompting an international search that would continue on for five days.
Border Patrol and Mexican authorities searched the river with support from a helicopter, airboat and a remotely operated submersible.
Acuña Civil Protection Director Javier Félix Ríos said the search continued until Friday at 1 p.m., but they were not able to locate the missing girl.
Alía’s parents, along with eight more Haitian nationals, were apprehended after crossing the river and processed according to Border Patrol guidelines.
As of Friday afternoon, out of dozens of Haitian nationals who arrived in Acuña recently and were camping in a migrant camp at the Braulio Fernández Aguirre Park in Ciudad Acuña, there were only three remaining. The camp is located about 150 feet away from the Rio Grande River.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported having arrested 1,000 Haitian nationals in the Del Rio Sector of the Border Patrol illegally entering the country in less than one month.