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Missing IBWC Commissioner Planned Detour To Mexico

By ABC-7 Reporter Martin Bartlett

EL PASO — The plane carrying International Boundary and Water Commission U.S. Chairman Carlos Marin was slated to fly over Mexican airspace before it was scheduled to land early Monday afternoon in Presidio, Texas, according to IBWC Spokeswoman Sally Spener.

His plane had not landed and was missing, Spener said, as of 6:30pm Monday.

Marin, a pilot and two passengers took off from El Paso International Airport at about 10am Monday in a propeller-driven, chartered Cesna 421, Spener said.

The group’s flight plan included flying over the Luis Leon Dam on the Conchos River, Spener said.

That dam is along the Conchos River, which flows into the Rio Grande upstream from Presidio which has been waterlogged by floodwaters since late last week.

Spener said Marin was taking that route to inspect the dam from the air, but there was no plan to land there.

Stay with ABC-7 and for the latest throughout the night.

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