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Update: Savannah soldier missing in Yemen presumed dead

Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez (Source: Rivera-Lopez family) Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez (Source: Rivera-Lopez family)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez keeps watch at the door of his Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 14, 2010. (Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez keeps watch at the door of his Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 14, 2010. (Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez keeps watch at the door of his Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 14, 2010. (Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez keeps watch at the door of his Black Hawk helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 14, 2010. (Source: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Update: On Sunday U.S. Senator John McCain tweeted his condolences to Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez's family after the Pentagon listed him as "whereabouts unknown."


The Department of Defense has confirmed that a local soldier is missing.

Officials say Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez went missing after a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen on Aug. 25. He is now listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN). 

Rivera-Lopez is from Tuscon, Arizona, but was living in Savannah. He was overseas supporting Operation Inherent Resolve when the incident occurred.

The Department of Defense is investigating.

This is a developing story and we will bring you more updates as soon as they become available. 

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