Minnesota native dies while on border patrol in Arizona

Officials say it appears Robert Hotten was injured in a fall

Adam Carter
October 08, 2019 - 4:33 pm

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A US Customs and Border Protection Agent who grew up in Minnesota is dead after an apparent fall while conducting a search near the Mexican border in Arizona. 

44-year old Robert Hotten was on patrol Sunday afternoon when fellow agents lost contact with him.  After a search, he was discovered unresponsive.

"It appears that he had fallen," said Roy Villareal, Chief Patrol Agent for the Tucson Sector of the US Customs and Border Protection. "He may have hit his head on some rocks.  But at this stage, we're not sure if that was the cause of death."

Villareal says the FBI will investigate.

"Because we cannot rule out foul play, or this being an accident, the FBI has opted to take the lead."

His mother-in-law tells WCCO Radio Hotten grew up in Hinckley, Minnesota.  

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