3 Soldiers Declared Dead Days After Black Hawk Crash Off Hawaii
1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey, Staff Sgt. Abigail Milam, and Sgt. Michael Nelson were declared deceased by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner after analysis of organic matter discovered among recovered debris matched their DNA, the statement said.
Bailey, Milam, and Nelson were three of five crew members aboard the helicopter when it crashed during a nighttime training mission off Kaena Point. Search-and-rescue operations were suspended Aug. 21 after the soldiers could not be located despite efforts supported by aircraft and ships for more than five days.
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The other two members of the crew -- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Woeber and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen Cantrell -- remain listed as duty status "whereabouts unknown," or DUSTWUN, the Army said.
The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.
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