A young Air Force sergeant and his family were found dead Friday after a Thanksgiving road trip turned deadly. According to the official report released by the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Anthony James Dean was killed Thursday in a single-car crash while traveling on Interstate 94.
Hearts are heavy today after the loss of a beloved family. Please check on your wingman and support each other during this difficult time.
After they were initially reported missing Thursday, Sgt. Dean, 25, his wife, Chelsi Kay Dean, 25, and their two daughters, Kaytlin Merie Dean, 5, and Avri James Dean, 1, were found dead in their SUV Friday night. Montana Highway Patrol workers concluded that they were killed when their Toyota 4Runner went off the road and landed in a creek, according to Fox News.
Sgt. Dean and his family were on their way to visit relatives in Ekalaka, Mont., for Thanksgiving, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
The young sergeant was assigned to the 69th Maintenance Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.
“Words are not enough during a time like this,” Maj. Eric Inkenbrandt, 69th Maintenance Squadron commander, said. “AJ’s family brought a light to our maintenance community, and this loss strikes each of us deeply. May their friends and family be granted the strength and serenity to get through this sorrowful time.”
Updated 11-24-2018 at 9:50 am MST… It has been confirmed that all 4 are deceased.Search and Rescue have found the…
“My Mom and Grandma heart is broken into a billion pieces,” Dean’s mom, L.D. Webb, posted on Facebook following the horrific discovery.
The grieving mother also noted that she has received “thousands” of messages from people all over the world expressing their condolences.
“It gives me a little bit of comfort knowing so many people are thinking about my babies and sharing in my grief,” she wrote.
On Sunday, Webb posted a photo of a candlelight vigil that took place in her front yard Saturday evening.
This was happening in my front yard last night. For me, it was a comfort to have so many people show up and share their love for Chelsi, A.J., Kaytlin, and Avri.
Please pray for the Dean family’s friends and relatives as they begin to process this unimaginable loss.
(H/T: Fox News)