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Mariposa Daily News 2011

Yosemite National Park Rangers find third body in Merced River on December 3, 2011

Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered another body in the same general area as Ninos Yacoub's this past Saturday, December 3rd. Positive identification has not been made, and is expected within the next several days.

Yosemite National Park has now positively identified the body of Ninos Yacoub, 27 year old male, of Turlock, CA. Yacoub was found in the Merced River, approximately 100 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite National Park Ranger at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base of Vernal Fall.

Ninos Yacoub was one of three hikers witnessed plunging over Vernal Fall on July 19, 2011.

Yacoub has been missing since July 19, 2011, when he, Hormiz David, 22 year old male, of Modesto, CA, and Ramina Badal, 21 year old female, of Manteca, CA, were witnessed being swept over the 317 foot waterfall. The body of David was found on August 5, 2011, by Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel approximately 240 feet below the waterfall.

Governor and First Lady Honor Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Bell

SACRAMENTO – On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Bell, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. Staff Sgt. Bell's family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.

Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Bell, 28, of Detroit, MI, died November 30 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. Bell was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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