The lifeless body of Texas National Guard Spc. Bishop Evans was found and identified last Monday after days of searching in Eagle Pass, Texas. Evans went missing while he tried to help two migrants who were drowning as they tried to cross the Rio Grande River from Mexico to the US last Friday. These two migrants were later identified as alleged drug smugglers trying to transport drugs through the Rio Grande.

Evans, a 22-year-old field artilleryman originally from Arlington, Texas, was assigned to Operation Lone Star, the project of Governor Greg Abbott to combat illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border. Before his stint with the Texas National Guard, he was also deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as he was assigned to Operation Spartan Shield.

According to Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber, Evans left his radio, took off his jacket, and immediately jumped in the river. He never saw him come out.

“We are devastated by the loss of a member of our Guard family,” Adjutant General for Texas Maj. Gen. Tom Suelzer said.

“We recognize the selflessness of this heroic Soldier who put his life above others in service to our state and national security. The Texas Military Department sends our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Spc. Bishop Evans in uniform (Bill Melugin). Source:
Spc. Bishop Evans in uniform (Bill Melugin/Twitter)