- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say one of the six U.S. Marines aboard a helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal was identified as a 30-year-old from Riverside County.

A joint military task force said Sunday that Sgt. Eric M. Seaman was one of six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who died when their helicopter crashed on May 12.

The wreckage of the UH-1 “Huey” was found Friday following days of intense searching in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.

Seaman enlisted in the Marines in 2009. Based at Camp Pendleton, he had received numerous medals for his service.

The Press-Enterprise reports that small American flags were posted in the front yard of Seaman’s home in Murrieta on Sunday. A sign near the door asked for privacy for the family.

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