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Navy identifies SEAL missing in Hawaii

Feb. 27, 2013 - 12:24PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 - 12:24PM  |  
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HONOLULU — Military officials have identified the Navy SEAL who went missing last week off Oahu during an open ocean training swim.

The Navy has identified the missing SEAL as 33-year-old Matthew John Leathers of Woodland, Calif. He was training off Kaena Point when he became separated from his unit.

The Coast Guard, Honolulu lifeguards and firefighters, along with Navy and Marine Corps crews, searched over 24,000 square miles using aircraft, cutters and small boats, but found no sign of Leathers. The search was suspended Sunday.

Leathers enlisted in the Navy on Aug. 11, 1998 and reported to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 24, 2004.

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