The body of a US Airman’s son was found by British Police at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath over the weekend.
Suffolk Police reported that 18-year-old Matthew Strasbaugh was found on base grounds after a missing persons search was conducted.
“Officers, assisted by members of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue conducted a search of the area and a body of a man was later located within the base at RAF Lakenheath,” the police said in a statement.
Strasbaugh’s father is stationed at RAF Mildenhall with the 100th Air Refueling Wing, a fifteen-minute drive from RAF Lakenheath.
The 18-year-old was last seen on November 13, according to a statement by the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. After an initial search proved fruitless, the local Search and Rescue teams were dispatched on November 17.
Being small installations, the news quickly spread around RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall after the body was found.
“We are deeply saddened this tragic loss has occurred, and thank the Suffolk Constabulary for their tremendous search and recovery efforts,” said Colonel Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander. “On behalf of our entire Liberty Wing community, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Strasbaugh family and our neighbors at RAF Mildenhall.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Strasbaugh family,” 100th Air Refueling Wing commander Colonel Christopher Amrhein said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone who assisted us in trying to find Matthew.”
The investigation is ongoing, though no foul play is suspected at this time.
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