Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Soldier's Remains Identified

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Gaurd

Frankfort, Ky. – The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has confirmed that human remains found on June 3 at Camp Shelby, Miss. have been identified as Kentucky Army National Guard Spc. Ryan K. Longnecker. 

A resident of Glasgow, Ky., Longnecker was a member of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, based in Carlisle. 

"Confirmation of Spc. Longnecker’s death is a tragedy for the Kentucky National Guard family," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky.  "We have all lived with uncertainty for nearly a year.  I speak for all of our Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in expressing our condolences to Spc. Longnecker's family and supporting them in their time of grief."

Longnecker was originally reported missing on Aug. 6, 2007, two days before he was to deploy to Iraq. He was 19 years old at the time of his disappearance.

No cause of death has yet been determined and the case remains under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Funeral arrangements for Spc. Longnecker are pending at this time.