EDINBURG (June 30, 2014) A body that was found this month in brush near the Texas-Mexico border was that of an 11-year-old boy from Guatemala who evidently was among the surge of young immigrants flooding into the U.S.
The boy’s body was found on June 15 near La Joya, about 20 miles west of McAllen, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra identified the boy Monday as Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez.
Authorities, with help from the Guatemalan consulate, determined the boy was from Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
They spoke with his brother in Chicago and his father in Guatemala, who confirmed his identity based on the clothes and a rosary he wore.
There were no signs of trauma.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October, creating what President Barack Obama has called an "urgent humanitarian situation."
Most are from Central America.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was scheduled to address the government's response later Monday in McAllen.