An autopsy has been conducted and an arrest has been made in connection to the fatal stabbing of an airman at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base.

The autopsy of 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley G. Hale was performed at Naval Base Guam on Friday, with the Air Force going so far as to fly a forensic pathology specialist in from Japan.

With the autopsy complete and a relatively small population on the Pacific island, a suspect was quickly taken into custody as a “person of interest.”

Stationed out of Louisiana’s Barksdale AFB and an electronic warfare journeyman with the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hale was more than likely deployed to Guam due to the large rotating presence of B-52 Stratofortress bombers, which frequent the island and act as a deterrent for aggressive nation-states in the Pacific theater.

Falling under the 36th Wing at Andersen, Hale’s death was announced by 36th Wing Commander, Brigadier General Douglas A. Cox.

“Our focus is on supporting the families, the affected unit, and our community,” Cox said in a statement. “This is a very difficult loss. Professional support services are assisting those affected by this tragedy and our prayers and thoughts remain with them.”

According to the Pacific Daily News, Hale was found with what appeared to be a stab wound, with “a lot of blood” at the crime scene.

Having joined the USAF in March of 2016, Hale was relatively new to the US Air Force.

With agents of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) on the scene, the investigation continues, albeit under considerable secrecy from OSI.
“This information is investigative in nature and cannot be released in this open and ongoing investigation,” said Linda Card, a chief of Public Affairs for OSI.

It is unknown if the person of interest currently in police custody is a service member or civilian.

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