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Body of Missing Mansfield Student Found in South Texas

The body of 16-year-old Carlos Alejandro Perez, the Mansfield student who went missing last week, has been found Monday in South Texas, according to a school district statement.

Perez disappeared Friday in rough waters in the Gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi.

The Lake Ridge High School ninth grader was in Corpus Christi as part of a school trip for the SkillsUSA state competition — a competition of trade skills like welding and masonry.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman said Perez's body was found by someone on sea turtle patrol near Padre Island National Seashore, about 25 miles south of the pier where he was last seen.

A small memorial greeted students at Lake Ridge High School Monday morning following the disappearance of their classmate.

Mansfield ISD officials said they had counselors available at all campuses this week to provide support.

Online: Carlos Perez Memorial Fund - GoFundMe

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