Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder identified as missing Navy helicopter pilot

In a press release from the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic, the wife of the missing pilot from the Navy helicopter crash has finally requested that her husband's name be released.

The missing pilot is officially identified as Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, from Santee, Calif. The release continues to state:

On behalf of the Snyder family:

They wish to express their deepest and sincere gratitude to the many men and women of the United States Navy, The United States Coast Guard, and the City of Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue team who have diligently participated in the rescue efforts. We cannot begin to express our appreciation for their time and sacrifice.

At this time, our hearts and prayers are for Sean’s recovery, the other families who have suffered loss, and for the health of the hospitalized sailors.

Lieutenant Sean Snyder is a decorated pilot, a man of honor, dedicated husband, and father, who is proud and grateful for his privilege to serve his country in the United States Navy.

The family has a deep faith and trust in God and from him they have found their hope and peace. The Snyder’s are extremely grateful for the love and support they have received from their friends and their community. They truly appreciate your continued prayers.

The family is not answering any questions at this time.