JACKSONVILLE — The family of Michael "Scott" Speicher received the first of a series of top-secret briefings Tuesday about the discovery of his remains in Iraq, 18 years after his Navy plane was shot down on the first night of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, their attorney said.
Cindy Laquidara, an attorney representing the family, also announced Tuesday that the Navy pilot would be laid to rest in the Jacksonville area, where he lived with his wife and two young children before his Jan. 17, 1991, Gulf War mission
Family members spent several hours with Defense Intelligence Agency officials Tuesday, hearing about the recovery of the pilot's body by a group of Marines who received a tip from an Iraqi about the location of a grave.
"We are still reconciling data about what happened with Scott," Laquidara said. "We have finished reviewing some of the information gathered. We can't close this chapter until we can tie this up."