Border Patrol Agent Stephen C. Starch

Border Patrol Agent Stephen C. Starch

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, June 14, 1997

Stephen C. Starch

Agent Starch was killed after he fell into a ravine while tracking suspected illegal aliens. After losing radio contact with him, other agents began a search of the Tecate Peak area in San Diego County, California. The search received air support from the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Coast Guard. Agent Starch was located at the bottom of the ravine with severe head trauma and he was not breathing. Agents immediately began CPR but were unable to revive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location California

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Today I was so fortunate to take part in your memorial hike with your friends and family. Seeing so many gathering to honor your sacrifice reassured me that your memory will be never be forgotten. ✝️

R. Hunter
Former Echo Agent

June 14, 2017

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