Body of Marine who fell from Osprey found

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:54 AM.

The body of a Marine crew chief who fell from an MV-22 Osprey during training Monday night was located late Tuesday afternoon in Bladen County.

The Marine’s body was found about 24 hours after he fell from a New River Air Station-based Osprey during a training mission, according to Marine officials.

“At this point, it appears he died as a result of the fall,” Mike Barton, deputy director of public affairs for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, said late Tuesday in a statement.

Marine officials say the details surrounding the incident are under investigation.

“We deeply mourn the loss of a member of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing family today. I’d like to extend my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of our Marine,” Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general, said in a statement. “I also want to extend my thanks to the community for their tireless efforts throughout this search. Without your cooperation, we could not have brought closure to this phase of such an unfortunate incident.”

On Tuesday, more than 100 Marines and hundreds of civilians, law enforcement professionals and state personnel searched near White Lake for the Marine. 

At a joint command center in White Lake, about an hour and a half west of Jacksonville, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and EMS, North Carolina Parks, Forestry and Highway Patrol and the White Lake Fire Department worked with the Marine Corps in the search.

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