US dentist who searched for missing WWII soldiers dies in UK

AP News
Posted: Jul 26, 2017 1:06 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in Britain say a dentist from New York who helped a U.S. organization search for American servicemen missing from World War II has died after scuba diving in the English Channel.

The coroner's office for Kent, England, confirmed Wednesday that 63-year-old Dr. Bruce Hottum, of Glenford, New York, died last week. An investigation is underway.

Kent police say they went to the waterfront in Ramsgate on Friday after a report of a man who had collapsed after a dive. Police say he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hottum went to the Palau Islands in the Pacific in 2015 to search for American MIAs from World War II. Hottum's dental practice partner says he was exploring a WWII plane wreck site when he was stricken.