CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a body found on Padre Island National Seashore has been identified as a North Texas teen who disappeared in rough waters in the Gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi last week.
The Kenedy County Sheriff’s Department said Monday evening that family members positively identified the body found earlier in the day as 16-year-old Carlos Perez.
Padre Island National Seashore spokesman Patrick Gamman says someone on sea turtle patrol had found the body Monday morning.
The body was found about 25 miles south of the pier where the teen disappeared while playing with friends.
The Mansfield ninth-grader, who went missing on Friday, was in Corpus Christi as part of a school trip for the SkillsUSA state competition.