4 dead in frigid weather near US border, Canada officials say

Canadian authorities say four people, including a baby and a teenager, died in frigid conditions and deep snow feet away from the border in what appears to be an attempt to cross into the United States.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday said the victims were found about 40 feet north of the international border and are believed to be part of a group crossing from Canada into the U.S.

The deaths may be related to a human smuggling operation, Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said at a news conference: “We’re very concerned that this attempted crossing may have been facilitated in some way and that these individuals, including an infant, were left on their own in the middle of a blizzard.”

Canadian officials believe the group likely died of exposure to extreme cold, as temperatures in the region reach about -30 degrees. The deceased were found near the town of Emerson, Manitoba, which is roughly 150 miles north of Fargo, North Dakota.

Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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