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On August 2, 2009, the Navy reported that Speicher's remains were found in Iraq by United States Marines belonging to MNF-W's Task Force Military Police. His jawbone (which was used to identify him after study at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs at Dover Air Force Base) was found in the desert, where according to local civilians, he was buried by Bedouins following his crash in 1991. This confirmed that Speicher was never captured and that he died during the crash. Senator Nelson attributed the delayed finding to the culture of the locality: "These Bedouins roam around in the desert, they don't stay in one place, and it just took this time to find the specific site."
Speicher's family expressed gratitude that the Defense Department had stayed with the case and that closure was now available. The Christian Science Monitor termed the case "a veritable saga punctuated with hope, uncertainty, and despair for the past 18 years."
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