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Air Force investigates JBER death

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:56 AM February 26, 2014

Base officials say Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis, 33, was found dead Feb. 23 at his home off base.

ANCHORAGE – Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are investigating the death of the fourth Anchorage-based service member to die within a two-week span.

According to a statement from base officials, 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis was found dead by civilian emergency responders at his home outside the base Sunday. Davis, a West Virginia native and aerospace maintenance craftsman with the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, joined the U.S. Air Force in 2001 and arrived at JBER in 2011.

Air Force officials said his death remains under investigation by both the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Anchorage Police Department.

Smith’s death comes on the heels of several others this month.

Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag, 24, was removed from life support and pronounced dead at Providence Hospital after sustaining injuries at his JBER home Feb. 7, base officials said. The next week, 22-year-old Senior Airman Katrina M. Jackson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and 38-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Darian Miller died Feb. 18.

Base officials remain tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding all but Jackson’s death.

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