The body of the local pilot whose F-16 went down on Tuesday has been found in the Adriatic Sea. The news was difficult for the family, and they issued a statement from Aviano today.
"It is with great sadness that we announce that the body Captain Lucas Gruenther was found in the Adriatic Sea. A compassionate husband, a loving son, and a devoted brother; Luc leaves behind a family who loves him dearly and a legacy of achievement. We will never fully recover from our loss, but take heart in the knowledge that during his all-too-short time in this world, he made a significant difference in the lives of all whom he met. We would like to thank the people around the world for your messages and your prayers. We especially want to extend our deepest gratitude to the many people who volunteered their time and resources to help bring Luc home."
The 1999 graduate from Summerville High School near Twain Harte in Tuolumne County, and his wife were expecting their first child in only a few weeks. The baby had already been neamed Serene.
There is as yet, no word on whether Cassy Gruenther will return to Twain Harte. The entire community is deeply saddened by the loss of this local man. Several of the people responding to the news at MyMotherLode comments section who knew Luc are stunned by this loss as well.