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8 bodies recovered from US helicopter crash site in Nepal include Riverside Co. native

Nepali army soldiers prepare for a rescue mission to the downed U.S. helicopter on Friday. Officials say the remains of all eight aboard the Huey UH-1 have been recovered.
Nepali army soldiers prepare for a rescue mission to the downed U.S. helicopter on Friday. Officials say the remains of all eight aboard the Huey UH-1 have been recovered.
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5:28 p.m.: Crash victim was Riverside County native 

The military has released the names of the six U.S. Marines killed when they're helicopter crashed, including one who was a native of Riverside County. 

The Associated Press reports that 30 year-old Sgt. Eric M. Seaman was one of those participating in the search and rescue mission, along with Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, from Nebraska, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, from Kansas, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, from Florida, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, from California, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, from Illinois, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. from Arizona. 

The AP reports:

Seaman enlisted in the Marines in 2009. He served with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton.

The Press-Enterprise reports that small American flags were posted in the front yard of Seaman's home in Murrieta on Sunday. A sign near the door asked for privacy for the family.

CNN spoke with Seaman's wife, Samantha, who said her husband had been eager to head to Nepal to help those who were affected by quake. You can hear that interview below: 

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A GoFundMe campaign set up late last week is asking for donations to help the family. 

— KPCC staff

10:01 a.m.: 8 bodies recovered from US helicopter crash site in Nepal

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, says the remains of all eight people aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that went down in Nepal east of the capital, Kathmandu, have been recovered.

"Nepali special forces along with U.S. Marines and Air Force personnel were inserted into the crash site early Saturday. The Joint Task Force coordinating the U.S. military's disaster relief in Nepal said they are investigation why the [UH-1 ] Huey helicopter went down."

The aircraft went missing while delivering aid in the district of Dolakha on Tuesday. Contact with the chopper was lost shortly after a second quake hit the area.

The first of the bodies, including six Marines and two Nepalis, were recovered on Friday.

Lt. Gen. John Wissler, commander of the Marine-led joint task force, was quoted by The Associated Press as telling reporters in Kathmandu on Friday that his team could not immediately determine the cause of the crash or identify the bodies found.

"He described the crash as 'severe,' and said the recovery team at the site encountered extreme weather and difficult terrain," the AP says.

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