Remains of missing Davenport Marine to be buried at Arlington

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -- An update to a story we first brought you back in April. A Davenport family will finally get to lay their brothers remains to rest at Arlington National Cemetery this Thursday.

50-years-ago Lance Corporal John Killen, a marine went missing in action during the Vietnam War and his family lost faith that his body would ever be found.

However, back in 2009, a citizen named Stephanie Maiers wrote a letter to a senator on behalf of the Killen family. This past April Maiers was able to give the Killen family the good news that a group of remains was found and John’s was among one of them.

His sister Mary Boozer says, "we didn't even think this was possible, we are happy our brother is coming home,"

Boozer and Stephanie Maiers will fly out Tuesday and the rest of the family will fly out to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The burial will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The ceremony will honor Killen plus four other veteran remains that were found. Killen’s name is already on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, but it will now be changed to reflect that he has been found.

Mary Boozer says she is grateful for the community's support.