Missouri officials detained more than a dozen people who were found in a vehicle near Eureka on Aug. 2, according to local reports.
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 2, 2018
— KMOV (@KMOV) August 2, 2018
The Missouri State Highway Patrol told KSDK that they’re illegal immigrants and couldn’t provide paperwork.
According to KMOV, 11 of the people—10 men and one woman—who remained in the van were transported to the Eureka Police Department, and they were eventually taken to an undisclosed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility.
ICE now taking over investigation involving traffic stop in Eureka this morning. @stlcountypd #EurekaPD and @MSHPTrooperGHQ were originally handling scene. Update on @KMOV in minutes pic.twitter.com/HvE5GeMPAT
— Mark Griffin (@mgriffin_kmov) August 2, 2018
It is unclear why police initially stopped the vehicle. After police stopped the vehicle, two people fled the scene into a nearby forested area.
At around 10 a.m., police found one of the men that fled, KSDK said. At 11:30 a.m., troopers were searching for the other person who fled the van, KMOV reported.
“While assisting Missouri State Highway Patrol on a traffic stop this morning two Hispanic males fled from officers. One male wearing a gray or light colored sweatshirt fled south from the area of I-44 and Six Flags Road, the second wearing a light blue sweatshirt fled north from the area. If you see someone matching these descriptions in the area contact the Eureka Police Department at 636-938-6600 or dispatch at 636-549-8210,” said the Eureka Police Department on Facebook.
Other details about the arrests are not clear.