He was shot so many times in the head and torso that they can’t identify him yet, but naturally they suspect it’s one of the three missing soldiers. Iraqi passersby say the dead man looked “western” and had a tattoo on his left arm.

The Tribune is reporting that the body wasn’t decomposed, which, given the fact that he was in the water, means he must have been killed very recently. Ironically, finding him actually creates some hope that the other two are still alive.

Let’s hope there’s some resolution soon, one way or another, because the search is proving lethal.

Update: It sounds like they might have found the other two.

Iraqi police forces in Babel province found on Wednesday two bodies believed to belong to two of the kidnapped U.S. soldiers near al-Furat river in al-Musayab region, 50 km northwest of Hilla, a police source said. “Two bodies in U.S. uniform were found by Babel police forces near al-Furat river. They bore signs of torture,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). “The police handed the bodies to the U.S. army and cordoned off the area,” he also said. No comment was available from the U.S. army on the incident.