WFMY - WFMY News 2 has an update to a story shared on our broadcast and digital platforms last week about Sergeant James Hinson, a local World War II veteran Missing In Action since the 40s.
A local spokesman for the group "Rolling Thunder" told WFMY News 2 and the missing Army Air Corps sergeant's surviving nephew that the veteran's remains had been recovered and would be sent home to Greensboro.
Rolling Thunder is a national organization of veterans that has worked for years to identify and return MIAs.
After the story was broadcasted and published online, WFMY News 2 received an email from a viewer telling us the story of the crash scene had not been found and there was no recovery of remains. In his email, the viewer said he had been to the site and had done a great deal of research on the crash because he had a family member on that plane.
WFMY News 2 immediately started an intense investigation and questioning, but the main local contact from Rolling Thunder never acknowledged our attempts to contact him for more than a week. The national chapter of Rolling Thunder was contacted and it began its own investigation.
WFMY News 2 received the following response from Rolling Thunder's headquarters:
"I would like to apologize to anyone involved about a false statement that was made to the press by one of our Rolling Thunder members. They did not find any remains at the crash site and it will be excavated by JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) in the near future."
The question WMFY News 2 still does not have answered is why someone from a credible organization made up this story.
WFMY News 2 apologizes that you and our news organization believed this individual based on his credentials and affiliation with this organization. Research will continue to find out why the family and WFMY News 2 were given false information.