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American crash victims: US government contractor, daughter

March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

The mother was identified as Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, an employee for 23 years at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Washington, and her grown daughter, Emily Selke, a recent college graduate. The U.S. government did not identify the third American it said was on the plane.

Yvonne Selke performed work under contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s satellite mapping office, Booz Allen confirmed in a statement after the AP had reported her identity and employment.

Drexel University said in a statement that Emily Selke graduated with honors in 2013 and was a music industry major.

A person who answered the phone at Selke’s home said the family was not providing any information.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. was reviewing records to determine whether any other U.S. citizens might have been on board the flight.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 150 people on board,” Psaki said.

Further details about Selke’s work for the secretive Pentagon agency were not immediately available. Most information about Selke’s assignment and contact information had already been removed Wednesday from Booz Allen’s internal network.

A spokesman for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Timothy B. Taylor, said it was inappropriate for the agency to comment or confirm information about any contract employee.

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