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Iraqis say a second body has been found of a U.S. soldier

By Cynthia Trowbridge     May 23, 2007 in Crime
Earlier today the dead body of a U.S. soldier was found dumped in the Euphrates River. It was reported as one of the three missing soldiers abducted in an ambush. A second body has been found in an area near where the first body was found according to a
As the military continues with its search for the missing soldiers the U.S.official wants to remain anonymous because the information has not yet been released. He said they do not know yet if the body is one of the three missing soldiers.
In the search for three U.S. soldiers ambushed and captured May 12, thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces have trudged in temperatures above 110 degrees through desert and lush farmland, sometimes wading in sewage-polluted irrigation ditches. Four other troopers and an Iraqi were killed in the ambush, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida
Reporters were told by Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the military spokesman in Iraq the U.S. authorities has taken custody of the body found today.
"Iraqi police did find the body of a man whom they believe may be one of our missing soldiers," Caldwell said. "We have received the body and we will work diligently to determine if he is in fact one of our missing soldiers."
Hassan al-Jibouri, 32, said he saw the body with head wounds and whip marks on its back floating on the river Wednesday morning. He and others then alerted police.
The captured soldiers are Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif.; Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.
In the hometowns of the soldiers friends and family anxiously await word.
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