Air Force Probes Airman's Death at Offutt Air Force Base

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the remodeled and expanded Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith Thompson, 55th Security Forces Squadron, checks Identification at the remodeled and expanded Strategic Command Gate on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., March 5, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The U.S. Air Force is investigating the death of an airman at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.

Officials say the body of Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard was found Aug. 1 in her base dormitory. A preliminary autopsy report did not say what killed her, but toxicology testing has not been completed.

Offutt spokesman Drew Nystrom would not say Wednesday whether investigators suspect a crime led to Dillard's death.

An airman suspected of desertion has been interviewed about Dillard. Air Force Office of Special investigations spokeswoman Linda Card said the airman has not been charged with anything related to Dillard's death. Card says the man is only one of several people being questioned about Dillard.

Dillard had been at Offutt since March 14 and was from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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