Its unlikely that funeral services for Army Spc. Erica Alecksen of Eatonton, who died Sunday in Afghanistan, will be held Saturday as originally scheduled.
Alecksens body did not arrive at Dover Air Force Base until early Thursday morning, and it is unlikely that her remains will be flown to Eatonton in time for a Saturday funeral unless something dramatic changes, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Friday.
Alecksen, 21, was one of six U.S. soldiers killed in a roadside blast in Afghanistan. Her husband, Tim Bailey of El Paso, Texas, her parents, Lars and Doria Alecksen, her brother, Charles Alecksen, and her aunt, Lydia Ivanditti, were scheduled to fly to Dover for the formal unloading of caskets.
The military has a private jet that can bring Alecksens body to Eatonton, but its unlikely that will now happen in time for Saturdays planned funeral at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, the sheriff said.
Sills said he had made several phone calls to try to get the Army to speed up, but it often takes three to five days for a slain soldiers body to be released for burial.