After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts Thursday for missing USS John McCain sailors, including a Shoemaker High graduate, in an about 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Ten sailors disappeared following a collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC on Monday, according to a Navy news release.

Among the 10 missing is electronics technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, 20, who lived in the Killeen area for about 11 years, and graduated from Shoemaker High in 2015.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers will continue search and recovery efforts inside flooded compartments in the ship for the missing Sailors.

The divers recovered the remains of one sailor, confirmed as electronics technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The others still missing are:

– Electronics technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri

– Interior communications electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, 39, from El Paso

– Electronics technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell, 26, from Gaithersburg, Maryland

– Electronics technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio

– Information systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr., 23, from Manchester, Maryland

– Information systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, 28, from Poughkeepsie, New York

– Electronics technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, 26, from Suffield, Connecticut

– Interior communications electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, 23, from Decatur, Illinois

Multinational search efforts included ships and aircraft from several countries.

The Navy is still investigating.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement on the two missing Texas sailors, Lopez and Hoagland.

“These two brave men represent the best Texas has to offer, putting their lives on the line to selflessly serve their country,” Abbott said. “Cecilia and I ask that all Texans keep the families of these two men, and all those missing from the USS John McCain, in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

KISD also released a statement about Hoagland.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time,” according to KISD. “We honor and appreciate the service of John Hoagland and our service men and women who go to great lengths to ensure and protect our freedom.” | 254-501-7468

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Ms. Kimball, my son graduated with your son. My heart really goes out to you and my family will continue to pray that your son is okay. God bless our servicemembers.

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