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MCSO detention officer's son still missing in Iraqi

Family members cling to the hope that the missing Army son of Mohave County sheriff's corrections officer is not among 11 bodies discovered when a U.S.

prisoner of war was rescued Tuesday.

Lance Cpl.

James Kiehl was among 15 troops with an Army maintenance company whose convoy was ambushed March 23 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

At least five other troops are known to be POWs.

The 11 bodies were discovered when commandoes rescued Pfc.

Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old supply clerk from West Virginia, from an Iraqi hospital.

At least some of the bodies are believed to be American.

Lynch and Kiehl are members of the 507th Maintenance Co.

based at Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas.

Kiehl's father, Randy, lives in Comfort , Texas, near San Antonio.

"The last thing I said to him when he was deployed was, 'I wanted you to remember one thing, I love you,' " Kiehl said Wednesday, his voice breaking.

James Kiehl's mother, Carol Howland, a detention officer at the Mohave County Jail for about four years, has refused to make any comments concerning her son.

Randy Kiehl said his son grew up in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and graduated from Comfort High School in 2000.

Kiehl said he expected his son's Army job as a computer repair technician would keep him out of harms way and that he didn't know why James was that close to the fighting.

Randy Kiehl, who was in the Army himself in the 1970s, said he and his wife, Jane, have raised James, since he was 11.

James Kiehl's wife, Jill, is expecting the couple's first child in April.

Jill Kiehl moved to Des Moines, Iowa, after her husband's deployment to be with her parents.

Kiehl said his son's computer skills dated back to high school where he created Web sites and repaired the school's computer system.

Randy Kiehl had said his son's unit was following a Patriot missile battery near Nasiriyah when the men disappeared.

The Army said the 507th convoy made a wrong turn before it was ambushed, according to The Associated Press.


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