- The Washington Times - Monday, August 3, 2009

Family members of the first U.S. service member lost in the Gulf War are at peace now that his remains have been found, but they still have questions about the discovery.

“It’s something we still need to resolve,” Cindy Laquidara, spokeswoman for the family of Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher, said Monday. “This chapter is not closed.”

Capt. Speicher disappeared on a 1991 combat flight mission, and his remains were found in early July near the crash site in Iraq, the Pentagon said Sunday.

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A tip led Marines to a grave in the remote Anbar province where two nomadic Bedouin tribesmen claimed they had buried the pilot.

Ms. Laquidara said the biggest question is whether the confirmed bone and skeletal fragments were always buried near the aircraft or moved there.

After the Iraq war started in 2003, the initials M.S.S. were found scrawled into a wall in an Iraqi prison.

Ms. Laquidara said the Speicher family has it own “assets” in Iraq including somebody who had found “significant information” suggesting the pilot was held at the prison. However, the prison records were destroyed when Iraqis fled the site.

“Our job is to tie up the loose ends,” she told The Washington Times “America’s Morning News” radio show.

Mrs. Speicher, who has since remarried, and their two adult children have found comfort in the discovery, but being told Saturday also brought the sense of loss that comes with word of a loved one passing, Ms. Laquidara also said.

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