When England made his announcement in October that Speicher's status was being changed again, he admitted there was no new evidence about what had happened to the pilot, but said he believed it was the "logical extension" of Danzig's decision to declare him missing in action.
"Like Secretary Danzig, I have no evidence to conclude that Capt. Speicher is dead," England said. "While the information available to me now does not prove definitively that Capt. Speicher is alive and in Iraqi custody, I am personally convinced the Iraqis seized him sometime after his plane went down. Further, it is my belief that the government of Iraq knows what happened to Capt. Speicher. I am committed to resolving this issue."
The hope is that with more and more of Iraq in the hands of U.S. troops, an answer finally will be found.
ABCNEWS' Brian Hartman contributed to this report.