*note-The agent was wanted for theft of government property..
-- The body of a U.S. marshal has been discovered in Juarez, Mexico, according to the U.S. Marshals Service -- the latest discovery in a wave of violence that has gripped towns along the U.S.-Mexican border in recent months.
The body of Deputy Marshal Vincent Bustamante -- who was the subject of an arrest warrant accusing him of criminal theft of government property -- was found in Juarez on Wednesday, said Marshals Service spokesman Jeff Carter.
Chihuahua state police said the body had multiple wounds to the head -- apparently consistent with an execution-style shooting, according to Edgar Roman, a reporter with XHIJ television in Juarez.
A federal law enforcement source said Bustamante appeared to have been shot in the back of the head.
The federal source, who was not authorized to speak about details of the case and asked not to be named, told CNN Bustamante was accused of stealing U.S. government property and pawning it. He would buy the items back on pay days and return it, the source said. According to the source, a pawnshop owner -- who became suspicious when Bustamante attempted to pawn a shotgun -- called the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Carter said Bustamante was on "modified status," meaning he had been required to turn in his gun and badge outside of his official work hours.
Carter would not comment on the apparent cause of death.
"What I can tell you is that the U.S. Marshals Service is saddened by the death of Deputy Bustamante and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," he said.
Carter said U.S. marshals are working with the FBI and Mexican authorities to investigate the death. He said an autopsy will be conducted in Mexico, and another may be conducted once Bustamante's body is returned to the United States.
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