(June 24, 2015) — A mother pleads for answers after the death of an Indiana airman in Guam.
Airman Alec Dye was killed in December in Guam. Dye was stationed in Guam with the United States Air Force.
Nearly seven months later, his central Indiana family still doesn’t know how he died.
“They can’t share anything with me. They can’t do this and can’t do that. It is horrible. I am grieving everyday, and I probably still will be but this makes it worse, not knowing,” said Alec’s mother, Donna Dye.
Alec joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Decatur Central High School in 2009.
“I am proud that he wanted to join the Air Force. The Air Force was like a team, and he’s always been on a team,” his mother said.
Alec was training to be a B-52 crew chief during his first deployment in Guam last fall.
He went missing on December 1. Some of his remains were recovered a day later after an extensive search in the waters of Tarague Beach near the Anderson Air Force Base.
“He was last seen with another airman. And the airman stated that Alec was swimming towards the water, which I don`t believe. On our family vacations, Alec is not the type of kid who goes in the ocean,” his mother told FOX59.
Alec was not working on a military exercise or training at the time of his death.
His mother feels disrespected by the U.S. military since they refuse to tell her how her son died.
“I don’t know anything. I’ve reached out to everybody, and I get nowhere and that is frustrating. I feel like nobody cares and that is frustrating because he was my world. It is horrible not to know and I may never know,” she said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force tells FOX59:
“We owe Alec, his memory and his family an extensive and exhaustive investigation of the events which we hope will help everyone in the grieving process. At this time we cannot offer any specific details as the investigation is ongoing.”
FOX59 also reached out to Sen. Dan Coats, whose office provided us with the following statement:
“Senator Coats mourns this tragic situation and believes the Dye family deserves answers regarding Alec’s death. He will continue to press the U.S. Air Force for a full explanation concerning this situation.”