The buoy barrier over the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, in an illustrative photograph. (Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

(CNN) -- The submerged body of a man was recovered in the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, on Thursday morning, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Maverick County Sheriff's Office said.

Around 8:40 a.m. local time, the DPS said its Marine Tactical Unit detected the body underwater, a few hundred yards north of the floating barrier at Eagle Pass.

According to Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber, authorities believe the body was that of a man in his 40s and 50s, who likely drowned farther north Wednesday before his body floated to Eagle Pass.

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Schmerber said the department called the county when deputies saw the body and a judge pronounced him dead.

The official also explained that the man did not have identification, but was dressed and authorities believe he was a migrant. County officials took the body to a funeral home and will work to find identifiable marks, such as tattoos.


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The body's recovery comes a day after a three-year-old boy died while trying to cross the Rio Grande with his family, also near Eagle Pass.

Eagle Pass is the scene of a large number of deaths of migrants who attempted to cross the river in recent years. CNN reported last year that Maverick County has a cemetery specifically for unidentified migrants.

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