British police find body of missing American at Lakenheath

Matthew Strasbaugh, 18, the son of a airman who went missing and was found dead by British police at RAF Lakenheath, England, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.


By WILLIAM HOWARD | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 19, 2018

RAF LAKENHEATH, England — British police found the body of the 18-year-old son of an American servicemember at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday.

Matthew Strasbaugh, the dependent of an airman stationed at Mildenhall, was last seen Tuesday after he left his home on base to go shopping, Suffolk police said in a statement Saturday.

The death is being treated as unexplained but detectives do not suspect any suspicious circumstances, the police statement said.

Suffolk police and British Defense Ministry officials did not immediately respond to questions on Monday regarding the circumstances of Strasbaugh’s death and where he was found on the base, which hosts U.S. servicemembers but is owned by the British.

Police first announced that Strasbaugh was missing Thursday on the Suffolk Constabulary website. Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue began searching RAF Lakenheath on Saturday after “initial search efforts were unsuccessful,” according to the police statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Strasbaugh family,” said Col. Christopher Amrhein, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander. “Thank you to everyone who assisted us in trying to find Matthew.”

Col. Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander, also thanked the police for their efforts.

“On behalf of our entire Liberty Wing community, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Strasbaugh family and our neighbors at RAF Mildenhall,” Marshall said.


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