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TREMONT — The Marines may possibly have recovered the remains of a Tremont native who died in a mid-air crash in December.

Positive identification has not yet been made.

Cpl. Daniel Baker was one of six Marines who died after an F-18 jet collided with a refueling plane in mid-air off the coast of Japan. The remains were recovered during a salvage effort that began May 27, according to a news  release from the Marines. The remains will be sent to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for formal identification, the Marine Corps said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but the KC-130J’s cockpit recorder and digital flight recorder were recovered and will be delivered to Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.

“We reaffirm our deepest sympathy for all affected by this tragedy and those grieving the loss of the six Marines who perished in this accident,” the statement said. “We also would like to express our sincere gratitude for the cooperation and expertise of the underwater salvage team.”


Photos: Tremont honors fallen Marine

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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