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VICENZA, Italy — Italian police have suspended a volunteer-assisted search for an Aviano Air Base airman last seen a week ago.

Three days of searching for Staff Sgt. Halex Hale proved fruitless.

Capt. Michael Hertzog II, a spokesman for the 31st Fighter Wing, said the investigation into Hale’s disappearance would continue.

Hale, who is assigned to the wing, was last seen at a friend’s house in Sacile, a small town near the base where Hale lives, according to base authorities.

Hertzog said area hospitals had been canvassed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Aviano Air Base at (+39) 0434-30-7200.

montgomery.nancy@stripes.com

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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