2 bodies recovered from Black hawk helicopter that crashed in Florida

PHOTO: In this Dec. 26, 2013 file photo a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry in the Arabian Gulf.

The Louisiana National Guard said Thursday that the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a Black Hawk helicopter wreck off the Florida coast.

A news release from the Guard said the bodies of two others are believed to still be inside the wreckage. The release says officials cannot confirm the other two soldiers are inside until a salvage crew is able to recover the aircraft.

Search crews located the Black Hawk submerged in about 45 feet of water in the middle of Big Bay and announced the rescue mission has turned to a recovery effort.

The helicopter, which was carrying seven Marines and four soldiers, was first located at 9 a.m. Wednesday by Coast Guard sonar located in the bay, officials said. Divers were sent to the location to get a visual and confirmed that the debris was the helicopter. The helicopter was broken up in several pieces.

“At this point, we are not hopeful for survivors and we’re transitioning our search and rescue to a recovery effort,” said Col. Monte Cannon, who is overseeing the search.

 The military is not yet releasing the names of those killed in the crash or any details about them, Cannon said.


Prostitute found dead near NY serial killer’s dumping ground possibly murdered, says famed coroner

Shannan Gilbert, 23, of Jersey City, N.J., disappeared May 1, 2010, after visiting a client in the gated community of Oak Beach on a barrier island off Long Island’s south shore. A months-long search for her first led to the bodies of four other prostitutes, each strangled and stuffed in burlap bags along Ocean Parkway, a 15-mile road that spans Jones Beach, roughly a mile from where they would later find Gilbert’s body, in December 2011.

3 reportedly questioned in shooting of 2 cops outside Ferguson police department

Manhunt underway for gunmen who shot officers in Ferguson

Police were questioning three people in connection with the shooting of two Missouri police officers early Thursday at a protest outside the Ferguson police headquarters, and a top law enforcement official said it was only “by God’s grace” that the two cops are expected to survive.

“Lucky,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference hours after the early morning shootings. “By God’s grace we didn’t lose two officers last night.”

The police officers, not members of Ferguson’s force, were part of a 25-man police line at the embattled headquarters, where Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had announced his resignation hours earlier. Witnesses reported hearing as many as four shots and seeing the flash of a muzzle about 125 yards away from the police.

Hours after Belmar spoke, police swarmed a home in Ferguson four blocks west of the scene of the shooting, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Officers went in with dogs about 9:30 a.m., and a neighbor told the paper he saw police bring two men out of the home. A woman who neighbors said rents the home was also reportedly brought out in handcuffs.