COLBERT, OK-After more than two weeks of fighting to have their son's body brought home from Iraq, his family finally got the news they've been waiting to hear.
Michael David Copeland's body was transported out of Iraq headed to Kuwait, then finally, back home to the United States. He died 17 days ago while working for a contractor in Iraq. His family has been fighting to have his body brought home to Oklahoma ever since.
Mike Copeland said they were notified yesterday by DynCorp that arrangements had been made to send Michael David's body back to the U.S. He said the Iraqi government did not perform the autopsy, but instead it will be performed by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner when Michael's body arrives in Delaware. Copeland said they still don't know how Michael died, but they hope to have more answers when they get to Dover.
"We're very pleased to know that the long struggle as far as that goes is over. He's not home yet of course and he still got a ways to go. We still don't know what the cause of his death was," he said.
Copeland said Michael David's body will arrive in Dover Thursday morning and could be flown back to Colbert as early as next week.