Nepal: Wreckage of missing US Marine helicopter, three bodies found

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
U.S. Military helicopter
Here is an undated photo of a U.S. Military helicopter. (KGO-TV)

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Officials in Nepal say the wreckage of the missing U.S. Marine helicopter has been found and three bodies were found nearby.

The helicopter came from Camp Pendleton, in San Diego County, and was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers.

They were on a relief mission before the 7.3 earthquake struck this week and the military lost contact with the helicopter.

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ABC7 News reporter Sergio Quintana is over in Nepal currently covering the aftermath of the 7.3 earthquake. Wednesday, he spoke to a military general who didn't really have any clear answers as to why homing beacons on the helicopter might not have been working. The general did say that they had not picked up any signals nor made any contact with that crew.

Quintana is one of the only Western journalists in Nepal. He traveled with a U.S. rescue team who was delivering aid, when the 7.3 earthquake struck and has been reporting from the earthquake zone since. You can see all of his reports here.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.