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Airman stationed at Eielson Air Force Base found dead in Alaska

A KC-135R Stratotanker, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, flies in formation with two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Fighter Squadron, and two A-10 Wathog II's from the 355th Fighter Squadron here May 29. The five aircraft assigned to Eielson flew in formation for the last time due to the deactivation of the 355th FS, and the 18th FS. (Master Sergeant Rob Wieland/U.S. Air Force)
February 07, 2019

An airman was found dead in a parking lot in North Pole, Alaska, Eielson Air Force Base officials said Tuesday.

Senior Airman Elijah Evans, 23, was found dead on Monday, according to an Air Force statement, though where he was found is unclear. The Air Force said it was a restaurant parking lot, while North Pole police quoted by KTVF News of Fairbanks said he was found at the Gorilla Fireworks parking lot.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by the North Pole police and other local authorities, but foul play is not suspected, according to the Air Force statement.

The statement did not say if the airman was in a vehicle when he was found.

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“We are heartbroken to have lost a valued member of our team yesterday,” Col. Benjamin Bishop, 354th Fighter Wing commander, said in the statement. “Eielson considers itself a family and the loss of Elijah is felt by each of us deeply. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

Evans was assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Eielson, and hailed from Waldorf, Md. He joined the Air Force on May 10, 2016, according to the statement.

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