Blythe, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents recovered the body of a missing man 50 miles southwest of Blythe, Calif. on Friday.
On Friday, family members contacted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and reported that Peter Lenehan, 60, was missing. Family members said that Lenehan left home nearly a week ago to pan for gold in the mountains southwest of Blythe, near Bradshaw Trail and East Augustine Pass.
On Friday morning, Riverside deputies contacted the Blythe Border Patrol Station for assistance in searching for Lenehan. An intensive search was initiated, including Blythe Station Border Patrol agents, Yuma Sector BORSTAR agents, and CBP pilots.
At about 1 p.m., pilots located Lenehan’s vehicle, a red Toyota pickup truck. Agents on the ground then tracked Lenehan’s foot sign away from the vehicle and located his body approximately ¼ mile from his vehicle. The cause of death has not been determined.
Border Patrol agents turned the scene over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.