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Suspected TWA highjackers arrest opens old wounds for dad of sailor killed

The father of a U.S. Navy sailor brutally killed during the 1985 TWA hijacking told The Post he has mixed feelings now that one of the suspected perpetrators has been arrested — because the collar “brings back a lot of memories.”

Navy Steelworker 2nd Class Robert Stethem, 23, was beaten unconscious and shot dead during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 more than 34 years ago. His body was thrown on to the tarmac by three men with suspected ties to Hezbollah — one of whom was arrested Thursday in on the Greek island of Mykonos.

“Therell never be closure,” Stethems father Richard Stethem, 84, told The Post on Sunday of the arrest. “If its him, its good. But therell never be a closure. It took our hearts away.”

The news tore open old wounds, he said.

“Thats the hardest thing right there. That lives with you. That lives with you every day. If its him, I hope they bring him back here,” Stethem continued.

While Stethem was killed, the planes other 146 passengers were held hostage for up to 17 days.

Suspected terrorist Mohammad Saleh, 65, was taken into custody Thursday on the Greek island of Mykonos during a security check.

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