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Posted at 9:42 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Positive ID on remains of exhumed Marine

By Washington Post editors

The remains of Marine Pfc. Heath Warner were positively identified Wednesday morning after his casket was exhumed from the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

Scott Warner, of Canton, Ohio, who had grown concerned that his son was buried in the wrong spot, made the confirmation about 9:15 a.m. He appeared to mouth the words "it's him" as he was embraced by friends and family.

Gary Tallman, an Army spokesman, confirmed that the remains were those of Heath Warner, who was 19 when he was killed in Iraq in 2006.

Cemetery officials discovered that two people were buried in the wrong plots after exhuming their remains last month, an Army official confirmed Tuesday. It was the first revelation of bodies being exhumed since the Army released an inspector general report in June that found extensive record-keeping problems at the nation's premier military cemetery, including more than 100 unmarked graves, scores of grave sites with headstones that are not recorded on cemetery maps, and at least four burial urns that had been unearthed and dumped in an area where excess grave dirt is kept.

--- Christian Davenport

By Washington Post editors  | September 15, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Comments

Welcome home, brother. (former Navy Corpsman)

Posted by: jckdoors | September 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It's just more proof that the government can't do anything right.

Posted by: ssol4569 | September 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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