The Latest: Ohio man among 10 missing sailors
Aug. 23, 2017
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the sailors missing after Navy warship collision in Southeast Asia (all times local):
An Ohio man engaged to be married next year is among 10 U.S. sailors missing since the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.
Jacob Drake is 21 and graduated from Triad High School in western Ohio's Champaign County. Relatives gathered Tuesday at their home in Cable, a rural village 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) west of Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the family has been told Drake is among the missing but is waiting for further word from the Navy.
Drake's 20-year-old fiancee, Megan Partlow, says she wants "him to be safe." She says she last heard from him by text Sunday.
Boston Gregg graduated with Drake and says everyone he knows is praying for him.
The Navy says it'll keep searching for the sailors until the probability of discovering them "is exhausted."
Sailors with ties to Michigan and Illinois are among 10 who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia.
Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says Logan Palmer's mother told him that her son is missing. In Michigan, April Brandon says her son, Ken Smith, is also missing.
Brandon was visited by two officers Monday at her home in Oakland County. The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore. Adm. Scott Swift says some bodies have been found in a flooded compartment of the warship.
Brandon says her 22-year-old son grew up in Novi, Michigan, but moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teen with his father.
Davis says Palmer comes from a "patriotic family" in the Decatur, Illinois, area.