Remains of pilot missing 18 years in Iraq found

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy says remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in Iraq.

Officials say the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has positively identified the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher, whose disappearance has bedeviled investigators since his jet was shot down over the Iraq desert on the first night of the war.

The Pentagon initially declared him killed, but uncertainty led officials over the years to change his official status a number of times to "missing in action" and "missing-captured."

Officials say they got new information from Iraqi citizens last month that led them to a place in the desert believed to be the crash site - and there they found the remains.

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