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CBP: 5-year-old boy, family rescued in desert Thursday

An officer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife found three people, including a mother and her 5-year-old boy, in the Arizona desert on Thursday during a search led by U.S. Border Patrol agents, authorities said. 

On Wednesday evening agents from the Ajo Station received a 911 call from a man who said he had been lost in the desert for seven days, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agents responded to the area and located the man, who remains unidentified. 

The man told agents that he left his wife and son behind with another man earlier that day. Agents deployed to the area and searched for the man's wife and son, along with another man, but were not able to find anyone, said the agency. 

More agents arrived in the area and continued to search throughout the night. 

On Thursday afternoon, an officer with Fish and Wildlife found all three and contacted Border Patrol. Agents responded and evaluated the boy, his mother, and the man for medical issues. 

Border Patrol agents transported the group to the Tucson Station for processing in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines, the agent said. 

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