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By Cynthia Trowbridge     May 23, 2007 in Crime
The body of one of the three missing soldiers has been found in the Euphrates River in the town of Mussayab south of Baghdad, police said.
The body that was found had been stripped half naked.
The U.S. military is investigating and a name has not be
A spokesman for Hilla, Captain Muthanna al-Maamouri said the body had bullet wounds to the torso and head. The dead soldier was wearing U.S. Army issue pants and boots and has a tatto on his left arm. The body has been turned over to the U.S.
Since the ambush on May 12 in which four U.S soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed there have been thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops searching the farmlands through an area which is called the "Triangle of Death" just south of Baghdad.
The al Qaeda-led Islamic State in Iraq has said it abducted the three soldiers that were reported missing they have not given any proof that they are still alive.
A police officer in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, who declined to be named, said the body had been found after a tip-off from residents.
A river patrol police officer in Mussayab who said he helped recover the body said the man appeared to have been killed about a week ago. His head showed signs of torture.
According to General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said last Friday he believes that at least two of the three missing soldiers were still alive.
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