The Navy says remains of the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf War have been found in Iraq. They were found in the Anbar province, according to a senior U.S. defense official.

"This is a testament to how the Navy never stops looking for one of its own. No matter how long it takes," Commander Cappy Surette, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, told FOX News.

Officials say they got new information from Iraqi citizens last month that led them to a place in the desert believed to be the crash site and there they found the remains.

The remains were recovered over several days this week and then flown to Dover Air Base and taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Rockville, Md., for positive identification.

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