presumed dead

idiom

: believed to be dead
After the earthquake several people were missing and presumed dead.

Examples of presumed dead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other three are presumed dead, authorities said. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 9 Feb. 2024 Two officers who responded to the scene were struck by gunfire and are expected to survive Authorities have yet to identify a suspect At least six people are unaccounted for and presumed dead after a Pennsylvania home went up in flames and two police officers responding to the scene were shot. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Despite searching that park and other locations, including her husband's home, authorities were never able to find a body and Jennifer Dulos was later presumed dead. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 In the immediate aftermath, rescue missions were attempted, but after no sightings, all 45 people on board were presumed dead. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 New details are being uncovered in the case of missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos, now presumed dead, as a suspect in her death, Michelle Troconis, stands trial. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 27 Jan. 2024 By Chad de Guzman January 21, 2024 9:15 PM EST Two Navy SEALs are presumed dead, the U.S. announced Sunday night, after they were reported missing at sea 10 days ago during a mission to raid a ship with Iranian weapons off the coast of Somalia. TIME, 22 Jan. 2024 The four people on board, including the pilot, are now presumed dead, though only one person’s body has been recovered and identified: 27-year-old Emma Willmer-Shiles, of San Francisco. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 All are missing and one is presumed dead after the helicopter came down in an area that is a stronghold of the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Presumed dead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presumed%20dead. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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