November 24, 2005
Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lois Shriver holds a photograph Oct. 22 in Emsworth, Pa., of her brother, Ernest Munn, made months before his death in 1942. When a flight crew training for combat in World War II disappeared in the Sierra Nevada on Nov. 18, 1942, four families, including that of Munn, were left waiting for a word, for a body to bury and mourn. Now, 63 years later, one family might get their wish. Military anthropologists analyzing the well-preserved body of an airman found encased in ice last month in Kings Canyon National Park have narrowed their options to four men who flew out of Sacramento's Mather Field. The details and the wait are nerve-racking to Lois Shriver, who was never able to bury her brother, a cadet with slicked-back blond hair who still smiles in the family picture.