Bodies found in wreckage of Marine helicopter in Nepal

An image released by the United States Geological Survey shows the location of an earthquake in Nepal, May 12, 2015. (Photo: USGS via ABC News)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Nepalese rescuers have found the bodies of three of the eight people who were on a U.S. Marine helicopter when it disappeared earlier this week while on an earthquake relief mission.

Six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers were on the aircraft.

Nepal’s defense secretary says, “The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces and there are no chances of any survivors.” He says the victims’ remains were charred.

A team of U.S. Marines has also identified the wreckage as that of the missing helicopter. The Marine-led joint task force says, “The assessment of the site is ongoing and a thorough investigation will be conducted.”

The U.S. military joint task force in Okinawa, Japan, says the wreckage was found today about 15 miles from the town of Charikot, near where the aircraft had gone missing on Tuesday while delivering humanitarian aid to villages hit by two deadly earthquakes.

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