The Department of Defense announced today that skeletal
remains believed to be those of an American soldier lost during
the Korean War have been recovered in North Korea. The remains
were excavated earlier this week by a U. S.- North Korean team
which has been conducting a joint excavation about 100 kilometers
north of Pyongyang since July 10.
The U. S. team from the U. S. Army Central Identification
Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI), had been conducting an investigation
near the suspected site of the crash of an Air Force F-80.
During interviews with local villagers and officials, the U. S.
team learned of another site where it was believed an American
might be buried. The remains were excavated, along with other
evidence which suggests the site was a foxhole burial. There was
no name-specific information found at this site.
The remains are scheduled to be returned to American control
in a repatriation ceremony on Monday at Panmunjom. They will be
taken to the CILHI where forensic processes will seek to
establish the identification of the American.
In an agreement signed by the U. S. and North Korea in May,
both sides agreed that another joint recovery operation will be
conducted in September.