Authorities found four people, including an infant, dead in a Manitoba field after a failed attempt to cross the United States-Canada border on Jan. 19 under brutal blizzard conditions.
Officers discovered the bodies of a man, a woman, and an infant on the Canadian side of the border at about 1:30 p.m., according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
RCMP also located the body of a boy, believed to be in his mid-teens, nearby.
“At this very early stage of the investigation, it appears that they all died due to exposure to the cold weather,” RCMP said.
The discovery came as U.S. officials announced the arrest of a Florida man on human smuggling charges.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney Office for the District of Minnesota announced that officers stopped a white passenger van in a rural area between Minnesota and North Dakota near the Canadian boarder.
Officials identified the driver as Steve Shand, 47, who had two undocumented Indian nationals with him.
Officers found five additional Indian nationals who were walking in the direction of where Shand was arrested, two of whom were transported to the hospital for their serious injuries.
According to the group, they had been walking for over 11 hours and were expecting someone to pick them up.
One of the members was carrying a backpack for a family of four Indian nationals who had earlier walked with them but had become separated during the night.
The backpack contained children’s clothes, a diaper, toys, and children’s medication.
Officials confirmed that the family of four were the bodies the RCMP discovered.
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