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.READ MORE: Bodycam Video Shows Moments Before NYPD Lieutenant Was Shot In Ankle Apprehending Suspect In The Bronx
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The body of the radar intercept officer was never found, but investigators repeatedly visited the crash site.MORE NEWS: COVID In New York: Mask Mandates Not Being Re-Imposed Just Yet As Concern Grows Over Delta Variant
The U.S. Department of Defense said it has now identified Ryan through DNA.