Officials haven’t identified body found in jetties

PORT MANSFIELD — After a two-day search, authorities have recovered a man’s body about 12 miles south of the Port Mansfield jetties.

Willacy County sheriff’s deputies recovered the unidentified man’s body at about 10:42 a.m. yesterday, Sheriff Larry Spence said.

Spence said officials will order an autopsy.

“What we’re trying to do is positively identify the guy so we can let the family know for sure,” Spence said.

Spence said the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office alerted authorities at about 2 p.m. Tuesday after residents believed they spotted a body in the surf.

But a high tide, choppy waters and high winds stopped Willacy County deputies from continuing the search late Tuesday, Spence said.

“We couldn’t get in by land, we couldn’t get in by air and we couldn’t get in by water,” Spence said of Tuesday’s recovery efforts.