Authorities say the body found Wednesday had on clothes similar to those worn by Justin Kirby Walker, who went missing Saturday morning

By Chris Harris
Updated March 24, 2016 01:00 PM
Cameron County Park Police

The body of a young man recovered from a Mexican beach Wednesday is believed to be that of Justin Kirby Walker, the 18-year-old spring breaker who went missing Saturday morning after attending a concert on Texas' South Padre Island.

Police tell PEOPLE that medical examiners are working to identify the remains.

Officials could not offer a specific time frame for when a positive identification might be made.

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Authorities believe that the body found Wednesday could be Walker's, as it had on clothing similar to what the 18-year-old was wearing when he was last seen.

Around one of the wrists was a plastic bracelet – the same kind issued to those attending the concert Justin vanished from, police explain.

According to, the body was found near the Mexican border city of Matamoros.

"The currents could have very easily carried him into Mexico. It's happened before," Cameron County Parks Police Chief Horacio Zamora told the outlet, adding that it's been challenging coordinating with Mexican authorities during the Semana Santa holiday.

Justin would have turned 19 in two weeks, according to police.

Walker is a white male standing 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has brown hair and green eyes. He weighs 175 pounds and was last seen sporting a navy blue tribal shirt with dark shorts, Nike shoes, and a black hat.

Those with information regarding Walker's whereabouts are being urged to call (956) 761- 5283.