Probe after airman found dead at home

AN INVESTIGATION is underway by the American military after the body of a Suffolk-based airman was found at his home.Senior Airman Paul Ruisinger, stationed at RAF Mildenhall, was discovered at his off-base home in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday.

AN INVESTIGATION is underway by the American military after the body of a Suffolk-based airman was found at his home.

Senior Airman Paul Ruisinger, stationed at RAF Mildenhall, was discovered at his off-base home in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday.

He was last seen on November 30 and concern for his welfare grew after he failed to report for work.

On Saturday morning Cambridgeshire Police were called to the 23-year-old's home following the discovery of his body.


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Colonel Michael Stough, commander of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, said: “Our entire wing is devastated regarding the passing of Airman Ruisinger.

“He was a valued member of the team at Mildenhall and our air force family. We will now focus on caring for those closest to him.”

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Originally from Houston in Texas, the airman was assigned to the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as an aircraft electrician.

He served with the United States Air Force for five years and had been stationed at the Suffolk base since November last year.

A spokesman for the base said Airman Ruisinger was unmarried and without children.

He added: “Our Air Force Office of Special Investigation is currently the lead agency investigating the death.”

It is hoped the investigation will establish the exact cause of the airman's death, although there are no suspicious circumstances.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police confirmed officers had attended the scene of the body's discovery but she said they were no longer actively involved in the case, which has been passed over to the county's coroner.

The airman's death comes just a year after the body of Master Sgt Bernard Huggins, who also served with the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was found in a field near Freckenham.

On that occasion the 33-year-old airman - whose death was not treated as suspicious - was discovered several miles from his home in West Row.

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