ADDRESS

Border Patrol Foundation
P.O. Box 15851
Arlington, VA 22215

(520) 705-1053

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James P. Epling

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December 16, 2003

Border Patrol Agent was reported missing while responding to sensor activity along the Colorado River near Andrade, California. While apprehending two Chinese illegal immigrants, one from drowning in the Colorado River. Agent Epling was attempting to apprehend other illegal immigrants along the river when he suddenly disappeared.  A massive rescue operation was initiated and continued for three days. He was found on December 19, 2003, in the Colorado, approximately 200 yards from where he initially disappeared. Agent Epling died as a result of accidental drowning.