More remains belonging to Sgt La David Johnson [photo], were discovered earlier in November, weeks after he was laid to rest in Florida
Human remains belonging to slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson were discovered in Niger earlier this month, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday.
The parts were discovered more than a month after the 25-year-old soldier and three of his comrades were killed in the October ambush by jihadist forces, and more than two weeks after his funeral.
A joint task force force of FBI and military investigators found the remains during a Nov. 12 inspection of the attack site outside Tongo Tongo, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.
“We can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt. Johnson,” she said.
The army is investigating how Johnson was killed alongside Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright last October, White said.
La David Johnson’s death was at the center of a dispute between the Trump White House and a Florida congresswoman who knew the soldier since he was a child.
The probe into his death was highly criticized as information was slow in coming.
Myeshia Johnson complained that she was not allowed to view her husband’s body before his funeral
Johnson’s body wasn’t discovered for more than 48 hours after the Oct. 4 attack. Later reports indicated his hands were bound, suggesting Johnson was executed — and his remains were more than a mile away.
The four Army soldiers killed were part of a 42 man team 12 US and 30 Niger troops on a mission to take out a notorious terrorist, known as Dandou, Nigerien officials told ABC News, on Oct. 4.
They were reportedly meeting local leaders near Tongo Tongo in eastern Niger when they’re believed to have been ambushed by an African terror group affiliated with ISIS.
The assignment to kill or capture Dandou came over as the small team was headed back to their base.
The American soldier leading the small Army team reportedly expressed some concern about the mission, given that would be isolated from other units of U.S. troops and Nigerien army for the duration.
Killed; Service men Black, Johnson, La David Johnson and Wright were killed in the attack.
While their Nigerien counterparts cooked breakfast, the Americans met with a village elder, who it is said was “obviously and deliberately trying to stall them.”
Within team was later ambushed, a mere 100 yards of leaving the village, by an estimated 50 Jihadists, considered highly skilled.
Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright and Sgt. La David Johnson were all killed in the ambush.
However, of the four US soldiers killed in the ambush, Johnson’s body wasn’t recovered for two days, adding to a wave of backlash over the White House and Pentagon’s response to the mission.
His body was later returned to the U.S., and he was laid to rest on Oct. 21.
His widow, Myeshia Johnson, previously complained that she was not allowed to view her husband’s body before the funeral.
She had demanded answers from the Pentagon.
Myeshia Johnson and her children receive the flag at the Funeral service for Marine Sgt. La David Johnson
In the ensuing political spat, Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-Fla], said Myeshia Johnson while she was on her way to receive her husband’s body, received a tone-deaf condolence call from the president.
During the call, which was received on speakerphone and heard by Wilson and other family members in the vehicle, President Trump allegedly forgot Johnson’s name, and kept referring to the dead serviceman as “your guy”.
He also allegedly told the grieving widow: “he knew what he signed up for.”
The disclosure sparked a messy debate between the lawmaker, whose account was confirmed by the widow, and the Trump administration — who denied her account of the call.
The family reportedly, have been briefed on the latest discovery.