EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Border Patrol agents set out to find Agent Johan Mordan immediately after losing communication with him Thursday evening in a remote area of New Mexico known as the boot heel.
Just minutes later, agents found him lying unresponsive on a trail, according to a statement issued Saturday evening. Agents performed CPR as they waited for air support to pick up Mordan, but the agent could not be revived.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez had announced the death of one of her agents Friday on social media. On Saturday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan identified Mordan as the El Paso Sector agent who had died while on duty.
A Border Patrol spokesman said Mordan only recently joined the force on July 8, 2019.
“He served his country and community with honor,” Morgan tweeted, “Our thoughts are with his loved ones and the entire Border Patrol community during this time.”
Chavez tweeted that the agent was assigned to the El Paso Sector’s Lordsburg (N.M.) Station.
“Today, the entire #ElPaso Sector mourns the loss of one of our Border Patrol Agents from the Lordsburg Station who died while on duty last night,” Chavez tweeted on Friday. “Our thoughts & prayers are with family, friends, and the men & women who served with him.”
Her tweet included the hashtag “Honor First,” and she tagged CBP and the Department of Homeland Security.
A cause of death has not been determined. Border officials said Saturday night that an autopsy was still to be conducted.
Mordan was only 26 years old.
Earlier this year, Chavez announced the death of another El Paso border agent, Alfredo Nino, 48. He worked out of the Santa Teresa (N.M.) Station. The Border Patrol later said in a statement that Nino was found unresponsive Jan. 14 at the Garza Border Patrol Forwarding Operations Base in Animas, N.M.