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Nov 20th, 2014




U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Friday, October 31, 2014, at least 2,350 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications: Afghanistan


Army Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, Merriam, Kansas, died Oct. 1, 2014 in Doha, Qatar, of a noncombat-related incident at Camp As Sayliyah. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Navy Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, 2014 at Al Udeid Air Base, Doha, Qatar, in a noncombat-related incident. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

Latest identifications: Operation Inherent Resolve (ISIS/ISIL)


Marine Corps Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, Memphis, Indiana, was lost at sea Oct. 1, 2014 while conducting flight operations in the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (in an incident initially classified as a non-global war on terrorism casualty). He was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, 2014 in Baghdad, Iraq, from noncombat-related causes while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force–Crisis Response, Central Command, which has a headquarters element based at Camp Pendleton, California.

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Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, Bay City, Michigan, died Nov. 14, 2014  in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire while on dismounted combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Former Army Ranger Pfc. Peter Edward (Abdul-Rahman) Kassig, 26, Indianapolis, Indiana, died on an undetermined date in October or November 2014, at an unspecified location in Syria, as the result of execution by Islamic State militants. He enlisted in the Army in 2004, joined the U.S. Army Rangers in 2006, and deployed to Iraq with the 75th Ranger Regiment from April to July 2007. He was honorably discharged for medical reasons in September 2007. He was captured on October 1, 2013 on his way to Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria while providing aid relief.

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Murder of Abdul-Rahman AKA Peter Kassig (DoD Release no. NR-573-14, Nov. 16, 2014)

On behalf of all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter, who time and again volunteered his service during times of war — first as an Army Ranger in Iraq, and later as a devoted humanitarian, providing aid to victims of the conflict in Syria. Like his fellow veterans of the 9/11 generation, his strong desire to continue making a difference in the world after serving in uniform — to continue leading a life of purpose — is an inspiration to us all. His brutal murder is one more reminder of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) ruthless barbarity; there is no starker contrast between the inhumanity of ISIL and the bright and generous spirit of the young man they murdered. As we join his loved ones in mourning his loss, we also celebrate his service, and we celebrate his commitment — a lifetime commitment to, as he said, “stand beside those who might need a helping hand.”

Statement by President Barack Obama on the Death of Abdul-Rahman Kassig (Nov. 16, 2014)

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time.

Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents. While ISIL revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction, Abdul-Rahman was a humanitarian who worked to save the lives of Syrians injured and dispossessed by the Syrian conflict. While ISIL exploits the tragedy in Syria to advance their own selfish aims, Abdul-Rahman was so moved by the anguish and suffering of Syrian civilians that he traveled to Lebanon to work in a hospital treating refugees. Later, he established an aid group, SERA, to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and Syria. These were the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people.

ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.

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California Marine Is First Service Member to Die in Iraq on Mission Against Islamic State

By Missy Ryan
The Washington Post
October 25, 2014

The Pentagon on Friday reported the first death of a U.S. military serviceman in Iraq in its new mission to combat Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria.

Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, a 19-year-old from California, died in Baghdad on Thursday in what a Pentagon statement described as a noncombat incident. Further details about how Neal died were not immediately available.

Earlier this month, a Marine [Cpl. Jordan L. Spears] was deemed lost at sea after he fell from an aircraft into the Arabian Gulf.

The Pentagon said Neal’s death was the first U.S. casualty in Iraq since the Obama administration began its “Inherent Resolve” mission, which now includes airstrikes against the extremist group in Iraq and Syria and a growing number of U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq in August. …

Full story

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Wetterlings Still Coping with Heartbreak

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Jerry and Patty Wetterling stand next to a tree planted in 1990 for their son Jacob near the entrance of North Junior High School in St. Cloud. (Photo credit: Dave Schwarz / St. Cloud Times)

By Dave DeLand
St. Cloud Times
October 19, 2014

Excerpts

Basically, it was just a stick — about as big around as a pool cue, no taller than a little brother. Maybe 5 feet.

“The height of an average sixth-grader,” said Alison Feigh, who was exactly that when she watched the sapling being planted in front of St. Cloud’s North Junior High in spring 1990.

The stick is now an expansive ash tree, about 30 feet tall and probably at least as wide.

In front of the tree’s thick, gnarled trunk lies an inscribed stone slab:

This area is dedicated to our friend Jacob and other missing children

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Photo of the inscribed stone slab in Jacob’s Garden at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, taken Oct. 9, 2008. (Note: Image not part of accompanying St. Cloud Times report)

So much has changed since then, but one thing hasn’t: Jacob Wetterling is still missing. …

“When I think of Jacob, he’s an 11-year-old boy,” said Jerry Wetterling, Jacob’s father. “If he’s out there somewhere, he’s 36 years old.”

“Every year, we’re hoping we never have to do (the anniversary) again,” added Feigh, who has gone from being Jacob’s sixth-grade classmate to program manager of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

“Anniversaries are celebrations. But every day as we get closer to it, there’s the hope that this is the last time.”

Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary. On Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob was abducted by a masked gunman while riding his bicycle near his home in St. Joseph. He hasn’t been seen since. …

“This is a sexually motivated crime. Sometimes, you need to say that,” Patty said. …

“There’ve been some suspects that we’ve had to look at, and Jerry and I would look at each other and you’d just sort of pray that it’s not that guy. Because if it’s that guy, it’s not a good ending. It was a really harsh, horrible ending.” …

“Jerry and I and our kids were forced to look at a very dark side of life — in suspects that would come forward, in different scenarios people would send us,” Patty said. …

“It’s time for answers. If Jacob’s not alive, we need to know that,” Patty said. “Either way, we need to know who did that. We need to know that other kids are safe, and this person is not harming anybody else. …

Even after 25 painful, frustrating years, Patty manages to maintain an element of compassion for Jacob’s abductor.

She hopes to get the chance to talk with him. …

Finding that man, however, remains a work in progress. …

Twenty-five years later, that hope is still alive.

That dream is still alive.

Jacob’s tree is alive. And growing.

Read the full story at the St. Cloud Times

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Jacob Wetterling Search Continues 25 Years Later


By Jim Maurice
AM 1240 WJON
October 10, 2014

ST. CLOUD – Jacob Wetterling has been missing for nearly 25 years, and on Tuesday [Oct. 14, 2014] officials are launching a new effort to find him.

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the BCA, and FBI are holding a news conference [at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center] in St. Cloud asking the public for help in the continued search for Wetterling. Billboards will also be placed in six locations around the area. …

Wetterling’s story was recently featured on CNN’s “The Hunt With John Walsh.”

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Still Missing: 25 Years Later, New Billboards Going Up in New Push to Find Jacob Wetterling

By Jenna Ross

October 14, 2014

Billboards will blanket the St. Joseph, Minn., area in a new effort to find Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted 25 years ago this month.

Officials will announce the new campaign at a Tuesday news conference in St. Cloud. The six billboards will feature a photo of Jacob as a kid and a picture of what Jacob might look like at age 36. …

Backed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, among others, the new campaign seeks the public’s help in the search. The billboards, placed in spots near the abduction, will urge anyone with information to call 1-800-THE-LOST.

Full report

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Related reports on this site

Wetterling Case Featured on CNN’s ‘The Hunt with John Walsh’ (Aug. 31, 2014)

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Jacob Wetterling Kidnapping Anniversary Marked By AMBER Alert Donation (Oct. 22, 2011)

Active AMBER Alerts
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Minnesota Missing Persons Linkage Analysis (June 22, 2011)


Jacob Wetterling Kidnapping Tips (March 2, 2011)

Jacob’s Kidnapping ‘Comes of Age’ (Oct. 22, 2010)

Jerry Wetterling wears a button showing a digitally aged photo of Jacob as he might have looked at age 21.
Jerry Wetterling wears a button showing a digitally aged photo of Jacob as he might have looked at age 21. (Photo: Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times)

Jacob Wetterling — Latest News (Oct. 5, 2010)

Google Earth Map
Satellite image of the Wetterling abduction site and surrounding area shows how few residences there are in the vicinity. The development northwest of the abduction site did not exist and consisted of woodland at the time of Jacob’s kidnapping in 1989 (Google Earth / Joy Baker; click on image for larger display; view map of abduction site)

Wetterling Suspect Dan Rassier (July 3, 2010)


Dan Rassier

Jacob Wetterling: Rassier Search (July 1, 2010)


Investigators use a tractor-mounted backhoe for an excavation on the Rassier farm in St. Joseph, Minn., Thursday, July 1, 2010. (Photo credit: Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times)

Jacob Wetterling Freedom Walk (Dec. 21, 2009)


On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2009, the third and final day of Jacob’s Freedom Walk for Missing and Abducted Children, Vietnam vets, led by Mike Clark and Jerry Wetterling, are met by Jacob’s mother Patty Wetterling upon arriving at the site where 11-year-old Jacob was abducted on Sunday, October 22, 1989, about half a mile from the Wetterling home in rural St. Joseph, Minn. After a prayer, three rifle rounds are fired as the universal symbol of letting the lost or missing know they’re being searched for.

Missing Person Joshua Guimond (Nov. 7, 2009)

Jacob Wetterling 20 Years On (Oct. 22, 2009)


A photo of Jacob Wetterling from 1989, the year he was taken (left), and an age-adjusted image of what he may have looked like at age 29 (right).

Jacob Wetterling Celebration (Oct. 16, 2009)


Patty Wetterling sings with Red Grammer during the “Celebration of Children” concert at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Oct. 17, 2009. (Photo credit: Adam Hammer / St. Cloud Times)

Wetterling Friend Shares Story (Apr. 28, 2009)

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Aaron Larson poses with his fiancée Jackie Tentinger and 2-year-old son, Anikan, as he arrives home April 17, 2009 in Slayton, Minn. (Photo credit: Associated Press / St. Cloud Times)
U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Aaron Larson poses with his fiancée Jackie Tentinger and 2-year-old son, Anikan, as he arrives home April 17, 2009 in Slayton, Minn., after a year-long deployment in Iraq. As an 11-year-old boy in St. Joseph, Aaron was with his best friend Jacob Wetterling when Jacob was kidnapped by a masked gunman on Sunday, Oct. 22, 1989. (Photo credit: Justine Wettschreck — Daily Globe /Associated Press)

Jacob Wetterling Lead Unravels (Jan. 7, 2009)


Vern’s Barber Shop in St. Francis, Wis.
(Photo: John Klein / Journal Sentinal)



U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Monday, September 3o, 2014, at least 2,348 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, Northborough, Massachusetts, died Sept. 4, 2014 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Marine Corps Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, Suffolk, Virginia, died Sept. 15, 2014 in Herat province, Afghanistan, in an insider attack while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Civilian Stephen Byus, 39, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a member of the United States Navy Reserves on his third tour of duty in the Middle East, died Sept. 16, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bomb attack. He was a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, working as a supply specialist assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed.


Army Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, Columbus, Ohio, died Sept. 16, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bomb attack. He was assigned as an operations support officer with C Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, DeRidder, Louisiana, died Sept. 30, 2014 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small-arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Sunday, August 31, 2014, at least 2,343 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, died Aug. 3, 2014 in Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan, from a noncombat-related incident sustained while on patrol in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, Schenectady, N.Y., died Aug. 5, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned as deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, Houston, Texas, died Aug. 12, 2014 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Army Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, 2014 in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a noncombat-related incident. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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Wetterling Case on CNN’s ‘Hunt With John Walsh’

Jacob Wetterling at age 11, left, and what authorities think he would look like today, using age progression software. (The National Center for Missing &
Jacob Wetterling at age 11, left, and what authorities think he would look like today, using age progression software. (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Amy Carlson Gustafson

August 28, 2014

On Sunday [Aug. 31, 2014], CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh” will feature a 25-year-old Minnesota cold case. The first half of the show focuses on Jacob Wetterling, the 11-year-old boy who was kidnapped while riding his bike in his hometown of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989.

On cnn.com, Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, has posted five questions for her son’s abductor, who is still unknown, including “Who are you?” and “Is Jacob still alive?”

“The Hunt With John Walsh” features unsolved and ongoing crime investigations. Walsh was the host of the long-running “America’s Most Wanted” before it was canceled in 2011 after airing for more than two decades on Fox.

The episode of “The Hunt With John Walsh” featuring the Wetterling case airs at 8 p.m. [CT] Sunday [Aug. 31, 2014].

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Read about the Wetterling case and watch “The Hunt” trailer at CNN.com

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Got a tip? Call 1-866-THE-HUNT or click here

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Related reports on this site

25-Year Anniversary of Jacob Wetterling Abduction (Oct. 22, 2014)

Jacob Wetterling Kidnapping Anniversary Marked By AMBER Alert Donation (Oct. 22, 2011)

Minnesota Missing Persons Linkage Analysis (June 22, 2011)

Jacob Wetterling Kidnapping Tips (March 2, 2011)

Jacob’s Kidnapping ‘Comes of Age’ (Oct. 22, 2010)

Jacob Wetterling — Latest News (Oct. 5, 2010)

Wetterling Suspect Dan Rassier (July 3, 2010)

Jacob Wetterling: Rassier Search (July 1, 2010)

Jacob Wetterling Freedom Walk (Dec. 21, 2009)

Missing Person Joshua Guimond (Nov. 7, 2009)

Jacob Wetterling 20 Years On (Oct. 22, 2009)

Jacob Wetterling Celebration (Oct. 16, 2009)

Wetterling Friend Shares Story (Apr. 28, 2009)

Jacob Wetterling Lead Unravels (Jan. 7, 2009)



U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Thursday, July 31, 2014, at least 2,338 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, Kenosha, Wisconsin, died July 24, 2014 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness contracted in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, Hickman, Neb., died July 24, 2014 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, Visalia, Calif., died July 24, 2014 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

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Faces of the Dead
An interactive look at each U.S. service member who died in Afghanistan or Iraq



U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Monday, June 30, 2014, at least 2,335 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Green Beret Capt. Jason B. Jones, 29, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, died June 2, 2014 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire. He was assigned 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Army Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5, 2014 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Army Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, Sprague, Washington, died June 9, 2014 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire from an Air Force B-1 bomber while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Army Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, Beaver, Ohio, died June 9, 2014 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire from an Air Force B-1 bomber while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Army Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, Merced, California, died June 9, 2014 in Logar province, Afghanistan, in a noncombat-related incident. He was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.


Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, Butler, Georgia, died June 9, 2014 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire from an Air Force B-1 bomber while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, Pasadena, California, died June 9, 2014 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire from an Air Force B-1 bomber while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.


Army Pvt. Aaron S. Toppen, 19, Mokena, Illinois, died June 9, 2014 in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by aircraft friendly fire from an Air Force B-1 bomber while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Navy Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco, 23, Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19, 2014 aboard the destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, Peterborough, New Hampshire, died June 20, 2014 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, Stafford, Virginia, died June 20, 2014 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died June 20, 2014 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Marine Corps Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, New Braunfels, Texas, died June 25, 2014 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

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Faces of the Dead
An interactive look at each U.S. service member who died in Afghanistan or Iraq



Vanished Minnesotans: 147 Missing Persons


June 6, 2014

This week’s renewed search for a Maple Grove girl [Amy Sue Pagnac] who disappeared 25 years ago and the discovery of the bones of a missing man in Lakeville last month made me wonder how many Minnesotans are currently considered missing persons. Minnesota’s state clearinghouse only displays about 70 faces. I found a more comprehensive list at the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a web site that collects information from medical examiners and law enforcement around the country. It has two main categories of data: missing persons, and unidentified remains. There’s a smaller third group, called “unclaimed persons,” in which people are identified, but no one has come forward to take possession of the remains.

The Minnesota missing persons list includes 147 names, dating back to June 14, 1963, the day Martin Franzel, then 77, took his usual early morning walk in Minneapolis and vanished without a trace. The most recent addition is Cody Christie, 20, who was last seen leaving a relative’s home in Hinckley on foot on May 12 of this year. The youngest were 2-year-old Aaron Anderson, last seen playing in his yard in Pine City on April 7, 1989, and 2-year-old Kyle Jansen, whose footprints were found leading down to the bank of the Maple River in Mankato on Dec. 22, 1991.

I look at each one of these faces and imagine the circles of grief in the families and friends left behind. Remarkably, this kind of national clearinghouse has only been around for nine years or so, but it’s already contributing to a phenomenon of the modern age: advances in communication and forensic science mean it’s harder than ever to remain a missing person in America.

James Eli Shiffer, the Star Tribune’s watchdog and data editor, digs into data and documents to uncover the news. Reach him at 612-673-4116, james.shiffer@startribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @jameselishiffer.

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Related reports on this site

Minnesota Missing Person Linkage Analysis (June 22, 2011)


Missing Person Joshua Guimond (Nov. 7, 2009)



U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

As of Saturday, May 31, 2014, at least 2,323 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to iCasualties.org.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 17,674 U.S. service members have been wounded as of Sept. 30, 2012, according to iCasualties.org.

Latest identifications:


Army Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, Los Angeles, California, died May 3, 2014 in Homburg, Germany, due to a noncombat-related illness. She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, Oceanside, California, died May 11, 2014 in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan, as the result in a non-combat incident. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.


Army Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras, 49, Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, 2014 in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.


Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, Pine Valley, California, died May 17, 2014 in Amman, Jordan, from a noncombat- related injury. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.


Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, Thornton, Colorado, died May 28, 2014 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained as the result of an aircraft accident. He was assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

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