Since May 1, when President Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, 59 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action, according to U.S. military officials.
But quoting from the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, a U.S.-based tracking Web site, the British newspaper The Guardian today listed the total number of U.S. deaths in Iraq since May 1 as 112, much higher than the combat deaths figure.
Although the Pentagon does not list the causes of non-combat deaths in Iraq, the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count listed 23 deaths due to car or helicopter accidents, 12 other U.S. soldiers were killed in accidents with weapons or explosives, three deaths have been categorized as "possible suicides", three have died from illness, and three from drowning. The rest are unexplained.
For Neusche's mother, Cynthia Neusche, the death of her son in Iraq remains a mystery.
"It's just like somebody disappearing," she told Good Morning America. "I know he died, I just don't know why."
ABCNEWS' Claire Shipman contributed to this report.