Fire dept. gives Army new name in death mystery

Is it a misunderstanding or is it a hoax? That?s what firefighters at the Glenbrook Fire Department want to know about a former volunteer and soldier?s death.

In an effort to help clear up confusion over the alleged death of Gabrielle Costello, the fire department gave the U.S. Army a new name to look up. The Army says it has no record of Costello, alive or dead. The fire department gave the Army the name Gabrielle Maldonado.

Last week, a firefighter says he received a phone call from the mother of 26-year-old Costello, saying her son died while fighting in Iraq. Black bunting was hung and honors were scheduled for Costello.

A spokesperson for the Army said, ?I don?t have a fatality by the name of Gabrielle Costello or Maldonado. We are currently looking into whether there?s a Gabrielle Maldonado enlisted in the U.S. Army.?

Congressman Chris Shays is working with the Army to try and get some answers.

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