Navy officials announced early Sunday that Marines in Iraq had found remains that have been positively identified as those of American fighter pilot Michael Speicher, who was shot down in the beginning of the first Gulf War in 1991.
The Navy pilot was the only American missing in action from that war.
Over the years, conflicting reports from Iraq had fueled speculation that the pilot might have been taken into captivity, but new evidence revealed he did not survive and was buried shortly after being shot down.
An official statement said that Marines had received information from local citizens about the crash and burial that led them to the site.
A search of the area last week recovered bones and skeletal fragments, which led to the positive identification of Michael Speicher.