BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AP/WISH) – The human remains recovered in Guam are confirmed to be those of a deployed 24-year-old airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.
Airman Alec M. Dye, of Mooresville, Indiana, was last seen near Tarague Beach on Guam on Monday. The north Louisiana military base, in a news release, said Anderson Air Base Security Forces patrols recovered human remains Wednesday.
Dye’s mother Donna Strauch Dye confirmed to KSLA News 12 that the remains are those of her son.
A news conference is set for Saturday morning at Barksdale Air Force Base “to provide an update on the status of Airman Alec Dye, a maintainer with the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.”
KSLA reports an official with 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs declined to confirm reports of Dye’s death, citing military protocol requiring a set period of time between notification of family and release of information regarding any duty status changes involving an airman.
Authorities say Dye was deployed to Guam in support of the continuous bomber presence mission and assigned as a B-52H Stratofortress Crew Chief. He is a member of the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadrom at the north Louisiana military base.