Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush last month in Niger, have been discovered.
According to a U.S. official who confirmed the discovery, the remains recovered on Nov. 12 by a U.S. military and FBI team consisted of bone fragments.
“On Nov. 12, 2017, a joint U.S. Africa Command military investigation team discovered additional human remains at the site where Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s body was recovered following the Oct. 4 attack,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Tuesday. “Today, we can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt. Johnson.”
Johnson was one of four U.S. Army soldiers killed in the attack. Reports from Niger locals state that the slain soldier was found with his hands tied behind him, though authorities haven’t confirmed those accounts.
He was found nearly a mile from the spot of the ambush, almost 48 hours after he was reported missing following the attack.
His death was the cause of controversy when Johnson’s widow accused President Trump of being insensitive during a condolence call and forgetting her husband’s name, a charge Trump denied.