Man found dead in Rio Grande

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties have re­cov­ered the body of a Las Cruces, N.M.-area man from the Rio Grande af­ter he had been hunt­ing and went into the wa­ter to re­trieve a duck.

The body of Eze­quiel Ro­man Lesa was found Thurs­day. Au­thor­i­ties said the body was re­cov­ered near the Bridge of the Amer­i­cas.

The cause of death is pend­ing, but res­cue crews think Lesa drowned. Lesa was hunt­ing in Juárez on Mon­day night when he ap­par­ently went into the river to try to re­trieve a duck but was car­ried away by the strong cur­rent.

Re­cent rains have swelled the Rio Grande, lead­ing to flood­ing down­stream.

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