Birmingham Native Missing in Haiti

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A U.S. Air Force officer who graduated from Huffman High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham is still missing in Haiti, days after the country was ravaged by an earthquake.

The family of 37-year-old Lt. Col. Ken Bourland, who now lives in Florida, remains hopeful that he will be found alive following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

His wife, Peggy, says he arrived in Haiti with an Air Force team Tuesday, the same day as the earthquake.

The team helps prepare countries for assistance.

Relatives of the couple began leaving Alabama on Tuesday night or their Weston, Fla., home for prayer, support and encouragement.

Bourland is a father of three boys and has been on active military duty for 15 years, serving a 2004 tour in Iraq.

He recently was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reservd.)

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