3rd American among presumed dead in Germanwings crash

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Germanwings generic photo. Does not depict the plane involved in French Alps crash.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department says a third American has been identified as a victim of the plane crash in France that killed a total of 150 people.

The department said it is in contact with the victim’s next of kin but is not releasing the name out of respect for the family.

A person close to the family earlier said American Yvonne Selke and her daughter Emily Selke were also among the victims.

The mother was identified as Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, a longtime and highly regarded employee of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Washington, and her grown daughter, whose name was not immediately available. Selke worked with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s satellite mapping office, according to a person close to the family. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to release information to reporters.

A person who answered the phone at Selke’s home said the family was not providing any information.

A Booz Allen spokeswoman declined to comment, noting that Germanwings had not yet disclosed identities of the crash victims.

 

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