TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, who is presumed dead by the Department of Defense after a helicopter crash last week, is from Tucson, according to Arizona Senator John McCain.
McCain tweeted on Saturday morning, "Cindy & I send our condolences & heartfelt prayers to the friends & family of SSgt Rivera-Lopez of #Tucson. RIP."
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake also tweeted out his condolences: "Cheryl and I express our deepest condolences to the family of Staff Sgt. Rivera-Lopez. You are in our prayers."
On August 25, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with six troops on board crashed during a training exercise. Five of the troops were rescued, but the sixth was not located. Yesterday, the DoD declared the missing solider dead.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
We are working to get more information from the Department of Defense now.
Stay tuned to Tucson News Now for updates.