Young Air Force officer found dead in off-base home

First Lt. Daniel Ruth and his girlfriend in undated photos. (Facebook)

A USAF officer in Iowa was found dead in his South Dakota residence earlier this month, in what appears to a “self-inflicted” demise.

First Lieutenant Daniel Ruth’s body was found last week in his home outside of Ellsworth Air Force Base, according to officials in Rapid City.

The 25-year-old was from Pennsylvania and a member of the 37th Bomb Squadron, which falls under the 28th Bomb Wing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family and friends,” said Colonel Eric Hresko, 28th Bomb Wing vice commander. “We are deeply saddened by this loss to our Ellsworth family.”

According to the Capital-Journal, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the death to determine if the “self-inflicted” nature of the death was accidental or deliberate.

Ellsworth AFB is a B-1B bomber base and part of the Eighth Air Force’s Global Strike Command, with around 3,100 personnel stationed there.

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