The death of Airman First Class Bradly G. Hale at Andersen Air Force Base, in Guam, is now being considered a homicide, according to Air Force officials.

The autopsy of 20-year-old was performed at Naval Base Guam on Friday by a forensic pathology specialist the Air Force brought in from Japan.

With the autopsy complete, a suspect was quickly taken into custody as a “person of interest.  On Tuesday, the Air Force confirmed the person of interest is an airman who is being held in pretrial confinement on suspicion of Article 118 (murder or manslaughter).

Guam’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Aurelio Espinola, spoke to The Guam Daily Post after seeing the autopsy report, saying that Hale’s neck had been cut three times.

“The unnamed suspect was taken into custody after a knife was found at the scene,” said Linda J. Card, spokeswoman for the HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

She said the suspect is being held at Andersen Air Force Base.  No charges have been filed yet.

Hale entered the Air Force in March of 2016 and was an electronic warfare journeyman assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron out of Louisiana’s Barksdale AFB.  Hale was more than likely deployed to Guam due to the large rotating presence of B-52 Stratofortress bombers.

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