Family ID's 12 Year Old SPI Drowning Victim After Body Washes Ashore

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 10:06am


It was an overnight family fishing trip on South Padre Island this weekend, one that J.Cavazos and his loved ones won't soon forget.

"I mean you should have seen the look on my nephews face and my uncle’s face, breathless, no soul in the body." J. Cavazos described.

He and his family had returned from their fishing trip at around eight in the morning on Sunday, and were catching the sunrise when they caught a glimpse of something never expected to see at the beach.

"I’m looking at the sunrise and here comes a body washing up along the shore." Cavazos said.

The family had been driving near beach access six when they stopped to take a closer look.

"We had seen something floating around in the water, then we saw the two legs pop out of the water, the body floated to the shore, then it washed off, then it washed back on." Cavazos recalled.

Turns out that body would be positively identified as the body of the 12 year old boy that went missing in the rough waters last week on the island.

Constable Zamora confirmed that the body found Sunday morning by the family, was ID’d by the boy's father just Monday morning.

The coast guard received a call on Wednesday evening that three swimmers were in distress, two brothers, 18 and 12 years of age and their 22 year old cousin.

Several agencies began their search for the trio; the bodies of the 22 and 18 year old were recovered within two days, the twelve year old's body remained missing until yesterday morning. His name has not been officially released by authorities because he is a minor.

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