The U.S. Marine Corps released more details on the remains recovered after two helicopters crashed off Haleiwa last month with 12 Marines on board.
Officials stress that none of the Marines have been recovered.
According to Capt. Cassandra Gesecki, III Marine Expeditionary Force, “trace elements of remains – in the form of DNA, were recovered during the search and rescue phase that ended on 19 Jan. Nothing in addition to the trace elements of DNA have been found since then.
“In order to respect the families while the recovery effort continues, we will not go into further details about what was found at this time,” Gesecki added.
Divers and salvage crews continue to search the waters off Haleiwa in an effort to recover those missing, as well as the CH-53E Super Stallions that went down.
Gesecki says the operation could take several months to complete.
Waves are still high so crews are waiting for the surf to calm down a bit. They’re also waiting for specialized recovery tools that will allow them to reach new depths.
The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing is leading the investigation into the cause of the incident.