Heartache all over for Miami family of dead soldier

La David Johnson. U.S. Army

US military officials investigating the deadly ambush on an Army Special Forces team in Niger last month discovered additional remains of an American soldier killed in the attack while combing the scene for evidence, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The remains were recovered on November 12 by a USA military and Federal Bureau of Investigation team that traveled to the area.

Additional remains have been discovered of Sgt.

A military investigation team made the discovery on 12 November at the site where Army Sgt La David Johnson's body was found, U.S. officials said. A number of key questions still remain unanswered.

The Department of Defense issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that Johnson's remains have been identified.

Johnson's family has been critical of the handling of the soldier's death by President Donald Trump's administration.

It wasn't immediately clear why some of Johnson's remains were left in the country.

US Recovers Additional Remains Of Sgt. Johnson In Niger
Military investigators find additional remains of La David Johnson in Niger

The Defense Department has said it expects the investigation into the Niger ambush to be completed by January.

White added the investigation is still ongoing into how Johnson was killed alongside Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright. La David T. Johnson. "We extend our deepest condolences to all of the families of the fallen".

The four US service members killed in action were part of a 12-man team from the Army 3rd Special Forces Group that joined a patrol with 30 Nigerien troops. The patrol had left the Nigerien capital of Niamey on October 3 to meet with local leaders in Tongo Tongo. "Johnson's body was recovered following the October 4 attack". It remains unclear exactly when La David Johnson was killed.

Johnson was the subject of a frantic search by the US and Nigerien forces when he was reported missing after an intense firefight.

The ambush drew attention to the little-known US military presence in Niger, and it came under further scrutiny when President Donald Trump's handling of condolence messages to the families of the dead USA soldiers was criticized by lawmakers in Washington.

Authorities, according to the official, are also investigating whether local villagers may have taken his body at some point before it was turned over to Nigerien forces.

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