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Stephen C. Starch

End of Watch

June 14, 1997

On June 14, 1997, Border Patrol Agent Stephen C. Starch and Senior Patrol Agent Aric Curtis were patrolling the border area near Dulzura, California, and followed tracks of suspected illegal immigrants in the rugged mountains of San Diego’s East County. Scaling the side of a mountain they separated and Curtis was unsuccessful in reaching Starch by radio. During a ground and air search, Curtis discovered Agent Starch at the base of a cliff with severe injuries and was not breathing. He was later pronounced deceased from an accidental fall. A graduate of Texas Tech University, he was assigned to the San Diego Sector, El Cajon Station, Sign-Cut Unit.