Suicide, allegations of kidnapping leave border agent's family looking for answers

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This photo made, Saturday, March 15, 2014 shows a border patrol vehicle patrolling along the Abram border fence in Abram, Texas., near where a migrant women, an adult who was traveling with her teenage daughter and a teenage friend, was spotted by a Border Patrol camera Wednesday afternoon. Officials said her wrists had been cut and were bloodied. She was one of three female immigrants from Honduras who according to officials tried to surrender to Border Patrol Agent Esteban Manzanares Wednesday afternoon near Anzalduas Park on Mission, Texas. Manzanares killed himself early Thursday and the FBI is investigating allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted the migrants before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Alicia A. Caldwell)

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By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement officials are trying to figure out a Texas mystery story on the border of Mexico. Esteban (Eh-STEH-ban Manzanares (Eh-steh-ban MAHN-za-nae-rus) was a U.S. Border Patrol agent on patrol this past week when a trio of Honduran immigrants spotted him and offered to surrender.

A woman, her teenage daughter and a teenage family friend told authorities they were driven to a remote area. The older woman says the group was assaulted by a man who left the area with one of the girls. Several hours later, police found Manzanares dead in his apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The missing teenager was there, too, bound and naked.

Authorities are trying to determine what could have led to his apparent suicide, and are investigating the allegations of assault.

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