Body of Guatemalan woman, 22, is dumped on Texas road by human smugglers after she fell sick while being held with dozens of other migrants at a packed warehouse
- Marta Ana Raymundo died last week after she crossed the United States-Mexico border, Univision reported Thursday
- The 22-year-old Guatemalan last conversation with her dad was Saturday when she informed Francisco Raymundo that she was on her way
- The young woman was packed with other migrants into a vehicle and then fainted at a warehouse where they were being kept at
- Francisco Raymundo learned of his daughter’s location after he spoke to one of the migrants, who sent him a map with directions where to find her in Texas
- DailyMail.com reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment
The body of a 22-year-old Guatemalan woman was abandoned on a road in Texas after she reportedly fell ill and died at a warehouse where she and other migrants were being kept after they crossed the United States-Mexico border.
Marta Ana Raymundo left her home in Guatemala last week in hopes of reuniting with her family in Atlanta, Georgia, and was able to cross the border last Friday in the middle of the night, according to Univision.
Francisco Raymundo told the network that his daughter told him she was required to wear camouflaged clothing in order to avoid being detected before she and the group were ferried over the international land border by human smugglers.
He last spoke to her approximately 3am Saturday and she told him, ‘Dad, I am already coming’ and warned him that she would not be able to call him because traffickers told her to discard her cellphone.
Marta Ana Raymundo’s body was abandoned on a road in Texas after she reportedly died at a warehouse in Texas where she and other migrants were being kept at after they were crossed over from Mexico last Friday, according to Univision. Her father believes she died from asphyxiation because she and the migrants had been packed into a vehicle after they crossing the border
Francisco Raymundo told Univision that he spoke to one of the smugglers who crossed his daughter over the United States-Mexico border and was provided a map with the location of her corpse
One of the human smugglers contacted Francisco’s son back home in Guatemala to let him know that Marta had crossed into the United States and that they would be loaded into a vehicle and taken to a safehouse.
His son then phoned him to notify him that Marta had fainted at the warehouse.
‘I thought it was due to fatigue,’ Francisco said. ‘I didn’t think she was going to die.’
The distraught father spoke to one of the smugglers several days later and received a text message containing the location of where his daughter’s corpse had been dumped.
Raymundo, who did not mention if he traveled himself to Texas to recover the body, believes his daughter’s tragic death was caused by asphyxiation.
The distraught father spoke to one of the smugglers several days later and received a text message containing the location of where his daughter’s corpse had been dumped
DailyMail.com reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment.
A CBP monthly report released April 8 showed the number of migrants unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico international borderline had risen to record levels.
Border patrol officers detained 172,331 migrants during March after stopping 101,028 people in February. The 70% increase is a 20-year record high.
The agency’s data also reported 18,663 unaccompanied children were taken into custody in March, a 99% increase from the 9,271 migrant minors who were stopped for illegally crossing over from Mexico in February.
Figures for the month of April are slate to be released next week.
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador virtually on Friday to discuss the surge of migrants at the southwester border.
Vice President Kamala Harris holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the vice president’s ceremonial office at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2021
‘It is in our countries’ mutual interest to provide immediate relief to the Northern Triangle and to address the root causes of migration,’ she told him. ‘You and I have discussed it before and understanding a belief – most people don’t want to leave home and when they do it is often because they are fleeing some harm or they are forced to leave because there are no opportunity.
‘We have a specific proposal that I believe will be convenient for us. But I will leave that for later,’ López Obrador said to Harris with reporters in the room.
‘We agree with the migration policies you are developing and we are going to help, you can count on us,’ the Mexican president added.