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Pentagon releases name of missing soldier from Black Hawk crash

The Defense Department has released the name of a U.S. service member who is still missing after an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Yemen last week.

Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez is listed as “whereabouts unknown” after the Aug. 25 crash nearly 20 miles off the southern coast of Yemen, according to the Pentagon.

Officials did not release Rivera-Lopez’s age or unit, and said the crash is still being investigated.

Rivera-Lopez is from Tucson, Ariz., but was living in Savannah, Ga., according to local news station WTOC.

Five other crewmembers on board the helicopter at the time of the crash were rescued by U.S. forces.

The soldiers were part of Operation Inherent Resolve — the mission aimed at defeating the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria — and were conducting a training mission at the time of the crash, The Washington Post reported.

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