BOGOTA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey Marine who has been missing in action since 1969 has been identified.

Marine Corps Army Reserve First Lt. William Ryan was from Bogota in Bergen County.

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Ryan’s plane was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War.

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The body of the radar intercept officer was never found, but investigators repeatedly visited the crash site.

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The U.S. Department of Defense said it has now identified Ryan through DNA.