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May 23, 2007

Body Of Missing Soldier Identified

Topics: Iraq

Today was surely one of the saddest days in the life of the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., who received word on this day from a military official with police officers that the body of the soldier found in Iraq was Joseph Anzack Jr.:

The body of a U.S. soldier found floating in the Euphrates River in Iraq earlier Wednesday was identified as a California man abducted along with two comrades nearly two weeks ago, his aunt confirmed to FOX News.

A military official with police officers visited the home of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. and told his family that a commanding officer identified the body. She said the official told them the GI had died of a gunshot wound to the head.

"They told us we're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe," said Debbie Anzack, choking back tears. "I'm in disbelief."

However, Anzack told FOX News that DNA testing had not been completed and that the family -- in complete shock -- was holding out hope until that is done.

She said that the official who visited didn't ask for anything for a DNA sample but believed the military had something of his they could use.

... Anzack, 20, was one of three soldiers who vanished after their combat team was ambushed May 12 about 20 miles outside of Baghdad. Five others, including an Iraqi, were killed in the ambush, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida.

Our prayers go out to Joseph's family, as we share with them in their deep sorrow.

Posted by Mike in Iraq at May 23, 2007 10:30 PM

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