Sunday, June 19, 2011

Airman Found Dead: Andersen Releases Few Details

Pacific Daily News (Guam)
June 10, 2011

By Brett Kelman, Pacific Daily News

A 19-year-old female airman was found dead yesterday in an Andersen Air
Force Base maintenance hanger, prompting a military investigation that has
released very few details.

The woman's body was found about 6:40 a.m., according to an Air Force press
release, and her name is being withheld while authorities notify her family.

Despite questions sent to Andersen's public affairs office, no information
about the suspected cause of death, the condition of the body or the
circumstances of the discovery were released.

It is unclear if an autopsy has been scheduled.

A press release did confirm that the death is being investigated by the Air
Force Office of Special Investigations, a federal law enforcement agency
that works within the military.

According to the Air Force website, this office is primarily staffed with
criminal investigators, however, Andersen spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Beth Del
Vecchio said she didn't know if this investigation was criminal in nature.

The involvement of the Office of Special Investigations doesn't necessarily
mean the death investigation is criminal in nature, Del Vecchio said.

No other information was provided by the Air Force. The Pacific Daily News
wasn't permitted on base to photograph the investigation scene and Andersen
didn't provide photos.
submitted by Tracy Shue

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