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October 24, 2005

Search Begins for Frozen Airman's Identity

- The body found frozen in the High Sierra is now in a military lab in Hawaii, where scientists hope to solve the mystery.

The body of what is believed to be a World War II airman was flown from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California yesterday to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu.

One of the main anthropologists trying to identify the body was also part of the team that removed the body from a glacier in Kings Canyon National park last week.

Anthropologists will try to use dental records, military records and even possibly DNA to make a positive identification.

Many believe this frozen airman was onboard an army plane that crashed high up in the Sierra in 1942. The Army named four people on that plane, and some think the body might belong to one of those names.

Considering it's possibly been 63 years, experts in Hawaii are expected to take their time in examining the remains.

It could be weeks before the identity of the man is known.



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