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MATAMOROS, Mexico — The governor and chief prosecutor for a northern Mexico border state confirmed Thursday that three Texans missing for more than two weeks were found dead near Matamoros Wednesday.

The father of the three, Pedro Alvarado, identified them from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos, Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta told Radio Formula. Clothing found with the bodies near the border city also matched that of the three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a Mexican friend.

Parents of the missing youths have said witnesses reported they were seized on Oct. 13 by men dressed in police gear.


In a country riveted by the case of 43 students missing more than a month at the hands of police, Tamaulipas’s governor promised swift action in this case.

‘‘We will apply the full force of the law and zero tolerance,’’ Governor Egidio Torre Cantu said, lamenting the death of the three Americans and a Mexican citizen even though their identities had not been officially confirmed by DNA.