Monday, 29 May, 2023

Eight found dead crossing into US from Canada

Eight found dead crossing into US from Canada

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Eight people including two children were found dead in a marsh near the Canada-US border after trying to cross illegally into the United States, police said Friday.

Their bodies were discovered near a capsized boat belonging to a missing man from the Akwesasne Mohawk community, officials reported.

"A total of eight bodies have now been recovered from the waters," local police chief Shawn Dulude told a press conference.

An initial six people from two families -- one of Romanian descent with Canadian passports, the other from India -- were discovered late Thursday, including one child under the age of three.

Two more people were reported found at the Friday press conference by Dulude, an infant "Canadian citizen of Romanian descent, and one adult female believed to be an Indian national."

Canadian authorities believe all were attempting to enter the United States illegally from Canada.

The Mohawk tribal territory straddles the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and the US state of New York.

The capsized boat was described as "very small" for poor weather conditions including rain, sleet and strong wind.

The first body was found during an aerial search of the area.

Authorities are waiting on an autopsy as well as toxicology test results to determine the cause of death.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking to reporters, said: "Our hearts go out to the families of the individuals who perished. This is a heartbreaking situation."