Decapitated Body Found Floating near South Padre Island Identified

The decapitated body of a man found naked on South Padre Island has been identified by authorities.

Thirty-one year-old Franklin Rodriguez Palacios, a Mexican national residing in Edinburg, was reported missing by his wife on March 12. Fishermen found Rodriguez’s body around 7 pm Monday, floating north of the bay near Huisache Street. State and federal law enforcement have been working the scene, in search of Rodriguez’s head. The case is being investigated as a homicide and could be linked to drug violence.