First post here (so sorry in advance if I screw up) and gelbes_gilatier
suggested I ask for some clarifications.
I am trying to figure out what it takes for someone to go from MIA status to KIA, WITHOUT
a body (or body parts) being available for confirmation of identity.
This is set in the current time (2011) and the location is Afghanistan.
I have found plenty of information on KIA's and MIA's and the difference between the two, but not how one would transition from one status to the other.
The cause of death in this case is a helicopter crash.
I know there is the death in absentia rules, but those apply after 7 years and I'm not sure if they are applicable to the military or not.
Any (and all) help is GREATLY appreciated as most of the information I've been able to dig up has to do with Vietnam not the current conflict.
Search strings (include but not limited to, my brain is drawing a blank on some of them ;)): Killed in action designation, how is one declared Killed in Action, Missing in action, How is one declared Missing in action, Killed In action/Body Not Recovered, death in absentia
I have searched: Google, Wikipedia, several POW/MIA sites