Tributes Paid to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Johan Mordan Found Dead on Remote New Mexico Trail

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been found dead while working in a remote area of New Mexico.

Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the 26-year-old Johan Mordan, of Lordsburg Station, was working in the remote boot heel area of New Mexico when agents lost communications with him.

Following a brief search, responding agents found Mordan unresponsive and lying on a trail. The agents started performing CPR in an attempt to revive the 26-year-old, and air support was requested.

"Agents worked exhaustively trying to save him, unfortunately BPA Mordan could not be revived," Customs and Border Protection said in a statement."All proper notifications and investigative protocols have been initiated."

Officials have paid tributes to Mordan following his death.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan tweeted: "It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Border Patrol Agent Johan Mordan of El Paso Sector. He served his country and community with honor.

"Our thoughts are with his loved ones and the entire Border Patrol community during this time."

Mordan entered on duty with CBP and the U.S. Border Patrol on July 8, 2019, as a member of Session 1127. An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

Newsweek has contacted Customs and Border Protection for further comment.

Mordan is the second Border Patrol agent to die on duty in New Mexico this year.

On January 14, Alfredo Nino, 48, was found unresponsive at a remote outpost in Animas. Nino was discovered by agents at the Garza Border Patrol Forwarding Operating Base.

"Despite life-saving efforts performed by fellow agents, Agent Nino was subsequently pronounced deceased by local authorities," authorities said at the time. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nino family, friends and Border Patrol Agents of the El Paso Sector." Nino began with the U.S. Border Patrol in June 2007.

Earlier this month, agents in New Mexico broke up two separate drug smuggling attempts on the same day, seizing narcotics with a combined total of more than $250,000.

On Wednesday, June 10, Lordsburg CBP agents responded to a sighting of suspected drug smugglers crossing the border illegally. The agents then arrested suspects who were allegedly carrying 185 pounds of marijuana.

Deming CBP agents also found three bags of marijuana before locating three suspected drug smugglers nearby.

"The lucrative drug business entices these drug smugglers to routinely attempt to transport drugs across the border," said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez. "Thanks to our specialty units utilizing ATV's, dangerous drugs were seized and denied from reaching our communities."

A floor matt adorned with the US Border Patrol logo is seen in the US Customs and Border Protection Big Bend Sector office in Marfa, Texas on January 29, 2020. A Border Patrol agent has been found dead along a trail in New Mexico PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty