AAFB faces $1.7K-a-day fine for drinking water violation

AIR FORCE BASE: Andersen Air Force Base faces a $1,700-a-day fine for using a pool-cleaning pesticide to chlorinate a 500,000-gallon water storage tank at Northwest Field. The final amount of the fine has yet to be determined because it's still unclear the number of days it was in violation. Post file photo

The airman who was found dead inside Andersen Air Force Base Tuesday morning had been stabbed, said Guam Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola on Wednesday morning, but hours later, he said he wasn't sure if that information is true.

Espinola earlier Wednesday confirmed to The Guam Daily Post he was contacted by Air Force representatives and told – at the time – the airman who was found dead on base quarters was stabbed.

On Wednesday afternoon, he said, "I'm not sure whether it's true or not," referring to the information about the stabbing, because he hasn't seen the body and he won't be conducting the autopsy.

Espinola said he has not seen any records related to the death.

Forensic pathologist

He said he was advised by the Air Force that the autopsy would be conducted Friday at Naval Hospital Guam by an Air Force forensic pathologist, who was en route to Guam from a U.S. Air Force base in Japan.

On Tuesday, Andersen Air Force Base command released a statement confirming that the airman was pronounced dead around 3 a.m. Tuesday. No details about the circumstances of the death were released by Andersen.

The base Public Affairs Office didn't respond to an emailed request for an update. In a phone call from the Post, base Public Affairs took a Post staffer's contact information to be passed on to an Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

There was no word from the OSI as of press time.

'Deeply saddened'

"This is a terrible tragedy, and we are all deeply saddened by the loss of this airman," Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander, said in a written statement Tuesday.

"Losing a member of our team is the most difficult thing we face, and ... we have lost a member of our Air Force family," he said.