A week after their bodies were found frozen near the Canada/US border, the family of four Indian nationals has been identified. Canadian officials said the family had briefly moved around the country and had been taken to the border by someone suspected of human trafficking.
Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, 39, Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, 37, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel, 11 and Dharmik Jagdish kumar Patel, all of the same family, were found dead on January 19 near Emerson, Manitoba, about 12 meters from the Canada/US border . Manitoba by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Earlier, officials had said that the family consists of an adult male, an adult female, a juvenile male and an infant. But now it is learned that the victims included a young girl and not a teenage male.
The identities of the victims were confirmed by Canadian authorities and the autopsy was completed on 26 January. A statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Manitoba confirmed that the cause of death was due to exposure. Thursday.
The High Commission of India in Ottawa, Canada said in a press release, which also identified four victims as dead.