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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Embassy Finds Body Believed to Be an American

The U.S. Embassy has tentatively identified a body found after the siege as that of Sandy Alan Booker, a 49-year-old electrician from Midwest City, Oklahoma.

The embassy said Tuesday that it had also found the body of a permanent U.S. resident with a green card, Interfax reported. It was still searching for another green-card holder believed to have been in the theater.

A second U.S. citizen, Natalya Aleshnya, 64, was found in a hospital Sunday and is recovering.

Workers at the General Motors plant in Midwest City, where Booker worked, wore red, white and blue ribbons for their colleague Monday.

Two of Booker's co-workers, Jerry Kincannon and Mike Byrd, said that Booker went to Moscow to try to help his Kazakh fiancee obtain a U.S. visa, which had been delayed along with scores of others in a visa backlog at the U.S. Embassy.

They said they believed that Booker had met his prospective wife through a dating service.

Booker had let it be known that he intended to bring the woman and her 13-year-old daughter back with him.

Booker's fiancee remained in a Moscow hospital in a coma.

"He was very conservative, old-fashioned," Byrd said of Booker. "Maybe he thought Russian women may have a few more old-fashioned ideas, more conservative, maybe. That's what he was looking for, I guess."

Garry Kruger, a family friend, said Booker's mother had been in contact with Russian government officials.

Booker's mother declined requests for interviews.

Booker, who has a daughter from a previous marriage, traveled to Moscow alone. His co-workers said that on returning to work, he planned to use his seniority to change from the overnight shift to one that would have allowed him more time with his family.

"I felt something was wrong," Kincannon said of the outcome of the Moscow siege. "But with the gas they used, I thought maybe he was still in the hospital. "If it had happened in Britain, France or Italy, we would probably know something by now. When we finally know something, it will be a relief."

Booker's colleagues described him as a pleasure to work with, a good electrician and a methodical worker.

"A damn good American," Kincannon said.

(NYT, MT)