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BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. — The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine who fell from an MV-22B Osprey tilt rotor aircraft Monday was found dead late Tuesday afternoon, WTVD reports.

That search ended just before 6 p.m. in a wooded area along U.S. Highway 701 north of White Lake.

According to officials, the Marine was taking part in a “normal training mission” when the accident happened.

The Marine’s identity has not been released.

A statement from MCAS Cherry Point and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Deputy Director of Public Affairs Mike Barton said the incident was under investigation.

Aircraft from both Marine Corp bases Cherry Point and New River were involved in the search. Around 2:30 p.m., a Marine aircraft spotted the Marine’s body about five miles north of White Lake.