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Navy confirms body is East Troy man

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
November 3, 2009
— U.S. Navy officials on Monday confirmed the body found off the Gulf Coast belonged to an East Troy native serving in the military and living in Texas.

Lt. Bret T. Miller, 30, whose family still lives in East Troy, is a graduate of East Troy High School. Miller's body was recovered Friday after an oilrig crew reported seeing something in the water.


Another Navy pilot, Lt. John J. Houston, 29, of Houston, still was missing Monday.


The two were flying a Navy T-34C Turbomentor—a two-seat, single-engine training aircraft—on a training flight when it disappeared off the Texas coast on Wednesday. Coast Guard officials estimated they had searched for 131 hours and 20,900 square miles.


The Coast Guard on Sunday suspended the search for Houston.


"It's a devastating story," said Thomas Cotter, a former East Troy High School counselor who knows the Miller family.


"He was such a nice young man with so much potential."


Cotter remembers Miller as a great student and excellent basketball player.


Miller's parents and sister flew to Texas to stay with Miller's son and wife, who is expecting another child, Cotter said.


Cotter said no funeral arrangements had been made as of Monday.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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