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Marine's Body Recovered Following Vehicle Accident

American Forces Press Service

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, April 4, 2006 – The body of a Marine was recovered today in the search for three servicemembers missing after an April 2 vehicle rollover near Asad, Iraq, bringing the total number of dead in the accident to six.

The deaths were not a result of enemy action, U.S. officials said.

The Marine's official cause of death is listed as drowning. The Marine was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7.

The search effort is ongoing for the remaining missing Marine and sailor, both assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group.

"We have suffered a loss, but we are thankful to have recovered one of our missing Marines today. We continue to use all the resources available to find our two remaining servicemembers. Our thoughts are with all the families touched by this incident," Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas said.

The U.S. Marine Corps 7-ton truck was on a combat logistics convoy in Anbar province with eight Marines and one Navy corpsman on board when it rolled over in a flash flood. One Marine was injured as a result of the accident. He was transported to a medical care facility for observation and was returned to duty yesterday.

The names of the deceased and missing are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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