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.