Body Identified As Missing U.S. Soldier

May 24, 2007

The worst fears for a California family have been realized as a body found in a river in Baghdad has been positively identified as a missing U.S. soldier.

From the air and on the ground. U.S. and Iraqi troops are scouring the
area south of Baghdad where the body of a missing American soldier was discovered Wednesday, with no one giving up hope of finding the two remaining missing soldiers, alive.

The remains of Private First Class Joseph Anzack were found floating in the Euphrates River and have now been positively identified.

His family in Torrance, California was first to receive word.

"The family is grieving, thank you" said Debbie Anzack, aunt of the victim.

President Bush offered his condolences at a new conference Thursday
morning, before expressing hope that Congress will vote in favor of the
much debated Iraq War spending bill.

The House is expected to vote Thursday on the key funding bill, then the
Senate takes it up with the hopes of having the final version on the
Presidents desk by Friday.

Back in Iraq, thousands of soldiers were out in the scorching Iraqi
heat, searching a dangerous region known as the triangle of death where the three soldiers were ambushed nearly two weeks ago.

Determined members of Anzack's unit remain optimistic they'll find their missing comrades.

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