DNA con­firms 3 of 5 sol­diers dead in crash

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — Us­ing DNA ev­i­dence, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials de­clared three sol­diers dead af­ter their Black Hawk heli­copter crashed off Oahu dur­ing a night­time train­ing mission ear­lier this month.

The Armed Forces Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner de­clared 1st Lt. Kathryn M. Bai­ley of Hope Mills, N.C.; Staff Sgt. Abi­gail R. Milam of Jenk­ins, Ky.; and Sgt. Michael L. Nel­son of An­ti­och, Tenn., dead af­ter con­firm­ing their DNA matched or­ganic mat­ter found among de­bris re­cov­ered from the Aug. 15 crash. The three were rid­ing in the UH-60 Black Hawk heli­copter with two oth­ers when it crashed off Kaena Point.

Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Stephen Cantrell of Wi­chita Falls, Texas, and Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer 3 Brian Woe­ber of De­catur, Ala., have not been found. They re­main listed as duty sta­tus — where­abouts un­known.

Search-and-res­cue oper­a­tions for the group were sus­pended Aug. 21.

The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the 25th In­fantry Di­vi­sion are work­ing on re­cov­ery and sal­vage oper­a­tions. Of­fi­cials have not ded­i­cated when

those oper­a­tions would be com­pleted and are warn­ing peo­ple to stay away from de­bris that might be float­ing in the ocean or washed ashore, since it is con­sid­ered haz­ardous.

The crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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