Family: Remains of Champaign County sailor aboard USS John S. McCain found


The family and fiancee of a Champaign County sailor missing since the USS John. S. McCain collided with an oil tanker said his remains have been found.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Drake, 21, is a 2013 Triad High School graduate who was aboard the U.S. Navy vessel during the Aug. 21 collision in the South China Sea.

RELATED: Champaign County town rallies to support missing sailor

Megan Partlow, Drake’s fiancee, said she was notified early today that Drake’s body was recovered, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

He was one of 10 sailors listed as missing.

RELATED: Missing sailor: ‘A lot of people’ care about him

In a Facebook post, Partlow, 20, wrote: “My heart has just shattered in a million pieces. I don’t want this to be real but I am glad we at least have an answer now. ...

“You are loved by so many and will be missed just as much.”

RELATED: 3 things to know about Petty Officer Jacob Drake

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued a statement tonight following reports the U.S. Navy recovered the body of Petty Officer Jacob Drake.

RELATED: Champaign County man among missing sailors from USS John S. McCain

“Petty Officer Drake’s passing is heartbreaking news for Ohio and for our nation. Connie and I join the Champaign County community in prayers of peace and comfort for Jacob’s friends and family, as we commit to honor his memory and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country.”

RELATED: Navy dismisses commander after warship collisions

The Navy has not issued a formal release.

Download our free mobile apps for breaking news and weather


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Third autopsy concludes there was foul play in Georgia gym mat death case
Third autopsy concludes there was foul play in Georgia gym mat death case

Results from a third autopsy conducted in Lowndes County, Georgia, on the body of Kendrick Johnson — the second performed at the behest of Johnson’s parents — have been released, contradicting an earlier conclusion that the 17-year-old’s death was accidental. But the new autopsy’s impact is likely to be minimal, as a lengthy...
Betsy DeVos releases controversial campus sex assault reporting rules
Betsy DeVos releases controversial campus sex assault reporting rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to change the rules regarding sexual assault on college and university campuses. >> Read more trending news  At the University of Washington, students may have a heightened awareness of the issue, but they also know it's still difficult for many to report sexual assault or harassment.  &ldquo...
Teacher thanks students standing for Pledge of Allegiance, banned from school
Teacher thanks students standing for Pledge of Allegiance, banned from school

A Missouri substitute teacher has been banned from his former school after thanking students who stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Furkin says he's been a substitute teacher for the St. Louis County, Missouri, school district for about 10 years. He’s filled in at Parkway South almost daily for the past five years, until now. Furkin says...
Florida man tries to steal vending machine
Florida man tries to steal vending machine

A Florida man tried to steal a vending machine from an apartment building in May. >> Read more trending news  “He was quite brazen and he was all caught on camera,” Kenia Fallat, Miami police spokesman, told WSVN. In the video, he attempts to maneuver the big machine by scooting it inch by inch. After about three minutes...
Police: Ex-boyfriend drove to teenager's house, shot her to death 
Police: Ex-boyfriend drove to teenager's house, shot her to death 

A teenager was shot and killed in Munhall,  Pennsylvania, on Saturday afternoon, and police say her boyfriend has confessed to the crime. Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, identified the suspect in custody as Darion Abel, 20. Investigators say Abel and the victim had just ended a yearlong relationship, and Abel became angry about...
More Stories