Foreign farm workers AWOL

Vernon RCMP are investigating a report of four missing Mexican workers from an orchard in Vernon.

Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the men went missing on June 26, leaving their personal effects behind. However, it appears they took their identification papers with them.

“The investigation has learned one of two things might have happened with the workers,” said Molendyk. “The men may have gone to the South Okanagan to work on another orchard. However, they have not checked in with the Mexican consulate to notify them of a change in employment. Another aspect of the investigation suggests the men may have attempted to cross over to the United States, but this cannot be confirmed.”

Molendyk said the migrant workers are flagged with Canadian Border Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

The missing Mexican nationals are:

SOTO, Uriel Huizar 77-12-08

No address known

Entry in Canada: June 16, 2015

BAUTISTA, Issac Jimenez 87-01-24

Carretera, Picacho al Ajusco

Mexico City

Entry in Canada: June 16, 2015

BINEDO, Juvenal Rios 75-12-01

No address known

Entry in Canada: June 16, 2015

SANCHEZ GALLEGOS, Juan Manuel 84-11-13

No address known

Entry in Canada: June 16, 2015


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