Iraqi police found the body of a man who was wearing what appeared to be a US military uniform and had a tattoo on his left hand floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, police said. The man had been shot in the head and chest, Babil police Capt. Muthana Khalid said.
The discovery of the body in Musayyib, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad in Babil Province, came as US troops and Iraqi forces continued their massive search for three soldiers abducted May 12 in an ambush on their patrol near Mahmoudiya, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad.
The US military said in an e-mail that it was looking into the report, but could not confirm it.
Khalid said the Iraqi police turned the body over the US forces.