Sharing a picture of the missing soldier, Greg Abbott hailed Evans as a “hero” for risking his life to serve his country and the Lone Star State.
“Texas National Guard Specialist Bishop Evans is a hero who risked his life in service to Texas & America. Law enforcement & rescue teams continue a relentless search for him. Join us in prayer for a successful recovery,” Abbott tweeted.
In a report by Breitbart News, Evans was identified by authorities on Sunday following teams of search and rescue who have been diligently looking for him since he vanished from the Rio Grande on Friday:
A massive search was initiated on Friday, when Evans was reported missing. Teams of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Border Patrol, and other agencies joined forces on the river. The search continued until Saturday without any results. The search resumed early on Sunday with the introduction of three airboats belonging to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Highway Patrol, are investigating the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the soldier. Initial evidence has given them the impression that two of the fugitives are involved in illegal trade in narcotics across the border, according to a press release made by the Texas Military Department. These migrants are currently being kept in the Border Patrol detention facility in Eagle Pass.
Although it isn't clear, Evans is believed to have drowned while helping migrants trying to cross the hazardous river. Thoughts and prayers poured out across social media platforms and many are praising Evans as a hero.
A former presidential hopeful and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) stated that the incident highlighted the risk of an open border policy.