Human remains found near area where missing Indiana airman disappeared, says coast guard

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 3, 2014) -- Air Force personnel recovered unidentified human remains near the area where an Indiana airman disappeared, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Authorities were awaiting further details.

Meantime, the mother and grandmother of Alec M. Dye, 24, plan to travel to Guam as soon as possible in search of answers about his disappearance.

Dye was last seen early Monday morning near Tarague Beach, which is located near Andersen Air Force Base.

Various agencies have been searching for Dye since his disappearance. Dye’s grandmother, Linda Douglas, said he has been in Guam since September.

“It’s frustrating and, you know, I know they’re doing everything they can,” said Douglas. “It’s just that we’re here and he’s there and we want to be there.”

Dye is a member of the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. His grandmother said he has always wanted to join the Air Force. Dye studied at the University of Indianapolis for a year after graduating from Decatur Central High School.

“He has a wit and humor that can make anybody smile and is contagious,” said Kelly McWilliams, Decatur Central High School athletic director.

McWilliams recognized Dye for his basketball talent, too.

“Everybody knows Alec. He’s an amazing, vibrant, (and) outstanding young man that just everybody knows,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams said this is tough not only for his family, but the DCHS family as well.

“I’m worried for our generation that such a bright light is dim right now. I’m hoping that he’s found and that he can continue to impact everybody,” McWilliams said.

DCHS is asking fans to participate in a “gold out event” during Saturday’s basketball game at the high school to support Dye’s safe return home. DCHS is asking people to wear yellow, as the basketball team wears yellow ribbons. DCHS said a portion of the ticket sales will go to the Alec Dye Family Fund, which was started by a family friend.

You can go here to view it. The fund will help pay for the family’s plane tickets to Guam, as well as other expenses.

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