Remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in the Anbar province of Iraq after a nearly 20-year search, the U.S. Navy said Sunday.
The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has positively identified the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the 1991 war.
The Pentagon initially declared Speicher killed, but uncertainty " and the lack of remains " led officials over the years to change his official status a number of times to "missing in action" and later "missing-captured."
Officials said Sunday that they got new information from an Iraqi citizen in early July, leading Marines stationed in Anbar province to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Speicher's jet.
The Iraqi said he knew of two other Iraqis who recalled an American jet crashing and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert.
"One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried," the Pentagon said in a statement.
He was positively identified through a jawbone found at the site and dental records, said Read Adm. Frank Thorp.
Speicher was shot down over west-central Iraq on Jan. 17, 1991.
I am glad for his relatives. It must be hell not knowing what happened to a loved one, for so long a time.
On 22 November 1944 American Thunderbolt pilot James G. Newman crashed near Dillingen-Pachten (Saarlouis County). He has been MIA since then. The Dillingen History Work Group has taken intensive effort to finally clarify his fate and, if possible, to recover his remains.
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