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Missing South Philly Man Found in Bushes, Beaten to Death

Police said Francis Decero had been missing since April 26

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A South Philadelphia man who had gone missing was found dead by a couple of kids this week, police said.

The kids found 25-year-old Francis Decero lying in some bushes on Douglas Street on Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Department Officer Eric McLaurin said. They flagged down police officers, who went to the area and found Decero’s body, which had signs of trauma, McLaurin said.

Medics pronounced Decero dead at 4:01 p.m.

Decero had been missing from his home on the 1100 block of Tree Street since the night of April 26, McLaurin said. His family located his car double parked on the 2800 block of South 13th Street, McLaurin said.

Video showed him getting into another vehicle after parking and before he disappeared.

Police have not made any arrests as they continue to investigate the death.

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