Reporting from Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan — The second of two American servicemen who disappeared last week in a Taliban-infested area south of the Afghan capital has been confirmed dead as well, a U.S. military official and Afghan authorities said Thursday.
The body of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove was recovered and his family notified, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Newlove, 25, of Renton, Wash., was a recalled reservist serving as a culinary specialist.
Newlove and his companion, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, were ambushed by Taliban fighters July 23 in Lowgar province. The Taliban initially said it had killed one of the men in a firefight and captured the other.
The body of McNeley, a 30-year-old father of two who enlisted in 2001, was recovered Sunday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said this week. Provincial spokesman Din Mohammed Darwesh said Newlove's remains were found Wednesday.