A MISSING man whose decomposed body was found in a water tank had been beaten, according to new reports.

Jose Rivera Tejeda, 63, was found dead in the Dominican Republic at the end of May, more than a month after he vanished.

Now his family in New York City are questioning why four days of surveillance footage, which may hold clues into his death, has disappeared.

Jose's niece Yari Tejeda told Pix11: "Right on top of where he was found, there’s a security camera.

"From April 20 to 24, the video footage is deleted."

Footage of officials finding the badly decomposed body exists, according to the local outlet.


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It was said to show evidence of trauma.

Jose – who had no criminal background – went missing on April 19 in Los Mina.

Last week neighbors reported a foul odor coming from one home.

Yari said: "We do have video footage of him walking.

"They actually found the body right around the block from where he was last seen.

"The body was in really bad shape already. The preliminary results show he was beaten.”

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Last month, harrowing new details emerged in the murder of a teen, who vanished after being spotted walking alone on "death road".

Debanhi Escobar, 18, was found in an abandoned water tank just metres away from where she was last seen getting out of a cab in the north Mexican city of Monterry.

Investigators with the Nuevo Leon State of the Attorney General confirmed they were reviewing footage surrounding the mysterious appearance.

That came after a haunting photo of her was taken by a rideshare driver on the morning of April 9 just before she vanished.

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