Air­man found dead in north­east Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

An air­man sta­tioned at Lit­tle Rock Air Force Base was found dead in north­east Arkansas last week, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

Se­nior Air­man Michael Lusk’s body was found in Lawrence County on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to an Air Force news re­lease.

Lusk, 24, of John­son City, Tenn., wasn’t on duty at the time, said base spokesman 2nd Lt. Hunter Rininger.

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Lusk’s death weren’t clear Thurs­day, but Rininger said that in­ves­ti­ga­tors don’t sus­pect foul play.

An Air Force spokesman re­ferred ques­tions about the specifics of Lusk’s death to the Lawrence County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

A de­tec­tive de­clined to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, di­rect­ing ques­tions back to the Air Force.

Lusk was an air­crew and main­te­nance de­brief spe­cial­ist for the 19th Air­craft Main­te­nance Squadron at Lit­tle Rock Air Force Base.

He joined the Air Force in Fe­bru­ary 2013, and he was as­signed to Lit­tle Rock Air Force Base later that year.

“We are ex­tremely sad­dened by the loss of such a val­ued mem­ber of our team,” said Col. Ger­ald Dono­hue, 9th Air­lift Wing com­man­der in a news re­lease.

“Michael will be missed by all those who knew him.”

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