Houston-area teachers who taught missing Marine speak out

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SPRING, Tx - From Hawaii to Houston, friends and family mourn the loss of 12 Marines who went missing Thursday, after two helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu during a training exercise.

Two teachers in Spring say they knew Corporal Matthew Drown.

Yvette Stuckey recalled, "meeting up with Matt his senior year.  It was just before graduation when he told me that he was joining the military and I remember thinking how quiet and shy he used to be."

"He always had a smile on his face, every day, every class, just constantly; and always volunteered to help other people," said Angie Richard.

Principal of Klein Oak High School, Brian Greeney said, "When you're an educator, you invest a lot in children's lives and you want them to have wonderful adult lives and it's hard when you see something like this happen.  We're just hoping for the best."

More than 60 Marines and other search crews have been looking for signs of the aircrafts.  So far, they've  found four empty life rafts that were deployed from the choppers, but not much more than that.

"We've been finding metal debris. We can't confirm if it's part of the aircraft, but you know, again, anything and everything that can point us in the right direction, that looks like a CH53 or a piece of a CH53, that's what we're going for," a military rescue search crew member said.

The search was suspended late Tuesday.