Navy releases identity of sailor who went missing off coast of North Carolina

(Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor KayJean Machado/Facebook)

A Navy sailor reported missing over the weekend has now been identified by Navy officials.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor KayJean Machado disappeared Saturday from the Virginia-based USS Carter Hall, which was conducting training operations for a future deployment.

The dock landing ship was assisting the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group train for an upcoming deployment about 60 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., when the sailor went missing.

The Coast Guard searched for Machado for about 72 hours, but officials called off the search Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to Coast Guard assistance, the destroyer USS McFaul , two F/A-18s from the USS Eisenhower, a land-based P-8 Poseidon and a helicopter from the USS Wasp were also involved in the search.

The Pilot reports that water temperatures in the area ranged from the low 60s to the low 70s when the sailor disappeared.

Machado reported to the Carter Hall in May 2014, about eight months after enlisting in the service.

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