Spring breaker’s body ready for trip home

BROWNSVILLE — A local funeral home is making preparations to take the body of spring breaker Justin Kirby Walker to Boerne, Texas, where his family will hold the funeral services, according to the funeral director.

Walker’s remains will be taken to Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne. Officials hope to transport the body by this morning at the very latest.

“We’re having (the transport) taken care of as soon as possible, but the family was there with him and we wanted to give them their time,” Garza Memorial Funeral Home funeral director Albert Vega said.

Authorities had been searching for Walker, 18, since Sunday after his parents reported him missing. He was last seen leaving the Ultimate Music Fest on March 19 at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island.

Walker’s body 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.

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Staff writer Christina R. Garza contributed to this report.