A 31-year-old woman from Ecuador made her initial appearance in court charging her with unlawfully attempting to transport three individuals within the United States.
Late last Sunday night February 19, the US Border Patrol observed camera images of three individuals walking south from Canada into the United States in the vicinity of Goodall Road in Holland.
Based on that information, the Border Patrol initiated a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle. Before the stop, the Connecticut plated vehicle slowed and stopped in the location where the three individuals would have been likely to exit the woods.
Sure enough, Border Patrol Agents saw three individuals standing on the side of the road. One of the individuals was clutching a tree and appeared to be in distress.
The other two ran north toward Canada. Neither of them were apprehended because the individual clutching the tree collapsed. Agents rendered aid to the man until EMS arrived. The man was transported to North Country Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
One of the individuals who ran north toward Canada was eventually apprehended and has been ordered detained as a material witness.