The parents of a spring breaker who disappeared on South Padre Island traveled to Matamoros on Thursday and identified the body of their missing son, according to Cameron County authorities.
The body of spring breaker Justin Kirby Walker was found Wednesday afternoon at Costa Azul in Matamoros , which is across the Rio Grande from Boca Chica Beach. The clothing on the body matched what Walker was last seen wearing.
According to Chief Horacio Zamora of the Cameron County Park Rangers, the body was identified at around 5 p.m. Thursday by Walker’s parents at the Ministerio Publico in Matamoros.
Authorities had hoped the body could be identified through its fingerprints, but Mexican authorities did not have the necessary equipment.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said Walker ‘s parents needed to provide Mexican officials with a copy of his birth certificate before the body would be released to Texas authorities.
Lucio said officials with the Mexican consulate traveled with the family to a Matamoros mortuary.
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