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Body Found of US Airman Who Vanished in Italy

Halex Hale's body was identified by his father and a colleague of Hale

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    Air Force Staff Sgt. Halex Hale.

    The body of a U.S. airman who went missing in northern Italy was recovered Tuesday, Italian police confirmed in a statement, NBC News reported. 

    Staff Sgt. Halex Hale's body was found about half a mile away from where he was last seen in Sacile, according to Italian police.

    Hale, from Middletown, Indiana, went missing on July 2 after leaving a friend's off-base cookout. Authorities believed he was drunk and fell into a nearby canal, which was swollen due to recent rains.

    Halex’s father, Lance Hale, told NBC News Sunday he doesn’t accept Italian authorities' theory, saying a fellow airman told him his son left the party without his wallet, keys and cell phone. 

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    Hale, who was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base north of Venice, had been in the Air Force for six years.