Decapitated Body Found in Bay Near Texas Beach

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a headless body floating in a bay near a South Texas beach that's now a Spring Break destination.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Tuesday that fishermen found the nude body off the shore of South Padre Island.

Authorities have identified the victim as 30-year-old Franklin Rodriguez Palacios Paz, a Mexican national whose fingerprints were in a federal system after his previous arrest for illegally entering the United States.

The sheriff said the body had also been mutilated, but investigators haven't linked the homicide to drug cartels. Decapitation and torture are common in drug cartel executions.

Lucio said Paz had been working as a mechanic in Edinburg, about 80 miles west of the island, but had been missing for about five days.

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