Indian High Commission identifies family found dead near Canada-US border in Manitoba

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The Indian High Commission in Ottawa today identified the family of four found dead near the Canadian border in Manitoba last week as Indian nationals.

According to the press statement posted on Twitter, the deceased were identified as Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel (39), Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel (37), Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel (11) and Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel (3).

Exposure to outdoor elements has been determined as the likely cause of death based on medical examinations, the statement read. Next of kin have been notified.

The RCMP said that the family of four arrived in Toronto on January 12 and travelled to Emerson, Manitoba on January 18.

The Indian High Commission in Ottawa and Consulate in Toronto continue to work with Canada on all aspects of the investigations, officials said in the statement. A special team led by a senior consular officer from the Indian Consulate in Toronto “is camping in Manitoba to assist ongoing investigations by Canadian agencies and to render any consular services for the victims”, the statement read.

To prevent irregular migration and such tragedies from reoccurring, India has proposed a comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement which remains under the consideration of the Canadian government, the statement said in conclusion.

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