Coast Guardsman charged with murder in fellow seaman’s death near Dutch Harbor
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard is facing multiple charges after an investigation into the January death of another Coast Guardsman in Dutch Harbor.
The charges against Seaman Ethan W. Tucker include murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, maiming, obstruction of justice and false official statement, according to a release from the Coast Guard Thursday.
The alleged victim, 19-year-old Seaman Ethan Kelch, was reported missing on Saturday, Jan. 26. He was found that night unresponsive on the west side of Amaknak Island. Medics performed CPR and took him to a clinic, but Kelch was pronounced dead the next morning.
A seven-month investigation led up to the charges against Tucker.
“Since our shipmate’s untimely passing, we have been in contact with his family to provide as much support as possible throughout this tragic and difficult time. The charges today are the result of the Coast Guard’s steadfast desire to gather all the facts and seek justice,” said Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey, the public affairs officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.
Tucker is at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego awaiting court-martial proceedings.
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