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Speicher Search Details Released

5:58 PM, Aug 7, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The Navy has released more information about the process that led to the discovery of the remains of Scott Speicher.

The Navy Captain was the first casualty of the Gulf War when he was shot down west of Ramadi, Iraq, on January 17.

After an 18-year search, his remains were found and identified last weekend.

According to a news release issued by the Pentagon, an Iraqi Bedouin was the source of the information.  The man was 11 at the time of the crash, and says although he didn't have any first-hand knowledge of Speicher, he knew who did.

He spoke to a Multi-national Force in early July, and the information led search teams to two locations.

The first was where the crash happened; the second was about a mile away.

Speicher's remains were found in the second location.

About 150 searchers, mostly Marines, spent over a week searching the areas, and uncovered bones and skeletal fragments .

On July 30, the remains were turned over to the Multi-national Force mortuary affairs unit, and then flown to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

The remains were positively identified as those of Capt. Speicher on August 1.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized, pending the return of his remains to the First Coast.

Stay with First Coast News for the very latest developments.

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