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Royal Canadian Mounted Police identifies Indian family that froze to death near Minnesota-Canada border

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which discovered the bodies on the Canadian side of the border, identified the four as Jagdishkumar Patel, 39, his wife Vaishaliben Patel, 37, daughter Vihangi Patel, 11 and son Dharmik Patel, 3.

The four members of a Gujarati family, who froze to death in minus 35 degrees temperatures on January 19 near the Canadian town of Emerson while trying to cross illegally into the US, have been officially identified after autopsies.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which discovered the bodies on the Canadian side of the border, identified the four as Jagdishkumar Patel, 39, his wife Vaishaliben Patel, 37, daughter Vihangi Patel, 11 and son Dharmik Patel, 3.

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The family belonged to Dingucha village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar district. Jagdish Patel reportedly paid Rs 70 lakhs to human smugglers to help him cross into the US from Canada.

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Anyone who has interacted and seen the family is asked to call the RCMP hotline at 431-489-8551. According to reports, Steve Shand, 47, of Deltona, Fla., who was stopped with some of the Indian nationals south of the border, has been charged with human-smuggling.

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On Thursday, Indian authorities in Gujarat told Reuters that they have detained six people who were running a travel and tourism company in the state in relations of the Patels’ case.

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