Officials: Body of Marine who fell from Osprey found

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Submitted: Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:02pm
Updated: Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:07pm

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Officials have confirmed that the body of the Marine who fell from the Osprey during a training mission has been found. Search crews found the body in a blueberry field off US 701 this afternoon.

Around 5 p.m., several bus loads of fellow Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River and some of the equipment used in the search began to leave a command post set up near White Lake.

Search crews resumed their search early this morning using search and rescue dogs, ATVs, helicopters and radar tracks to find the Marine, whose name has not been released.

The Marine Corps says the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday north of White Lake near the Bladen-Sampson County line.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine was the crew chief on board the MV-22B Osprey, which means he should have been tethered in the back of the aircraft, which has the ability to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

During a news conference this morning, USMC Lt. Col. Christian Harshberger said that everyone on board the Osprey had a restraint system. He said the crew of the Osprey noticed while still in flight that the Marine was no longer on board.

Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said this morning Bladen and Sampson County emergency units were helping military crews in the search.

Searchers started this morning at Turtle Cove on the west bank of White Lake and headed toward Autrytown Road. They say the search area includes several blueberry fields and Carolina Bays. That means crews had to deal with thick, marshy areas, which could make the search difficult, Kinlaw said.

Kinlaw says the Osprey crew was doing touch and go training at the airport in Elizabethtown, when the crew noticed the Marine missing near Maple Bay about five miles from White Lake.


  • Gambit says:

    Lets pray for the family of the missing soldier and for a good out come I understand it is a recovery mission at this time but through god all things are possiable so keep praying they find him alive.

  • Jenna says:

    He’s a marine. Not a soldier.

  • Gambit says:

    Please keep the family of the marine in your prayers I feel like they found him and the out come is not good me being a former marine I feel like I have lost a brother so please keep the family in your prayers

  • USMC says:

    Sorry for the sad outcome. Had hoped for a better ending……Semper Fi

  • Timothy Turner says:

    Very sad situation all the way around: I hope he/she wasn’t one of the fine people I met during the air show at Cherry Point last weekend. :(

  • Dan4296 says:

    Your station just reported that ospreys have a checkered past. This included a few precautionary landings and brush fires. The MV-22 has a better safety record than any aircraft in the naval inventory and has only had a few mishaps resulting in death. That is much lower than any other aircraft and only highlighted due to a handful of high profile incidents. This is lazy reporting which is especially harmful where you have many aircrew and families of aircrew waking up to the local news to see misinformation about the aircraft they risk their lives on, like myself.

  • Dred Scott says:

    Just saw the Osprey demo at Quonset Point air show this weekend. My heart goes out to the USMC.

  • lynnette says:

    He is still a solider

  • 211 says:

    What difference does it make whether he was a Marine or a Soldier? Tragic for everyone. They are all service men. Just different branches, different jobs. Nit picking.

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