03/13/13 — Airman investigated in baby's death

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Airman investigated in baby's death

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on March 13, 2013 1:46 PM

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Matthew Theurer

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base officials are currently investigating the death of the 15-month-old child of an airman stationed at the Goldsboro installation -- and the discovery of the child's body in Columbus County Tuesday afternoon.

Sources with knowledge of the inquiry said Matthew Theurer left his deceased son, Matthew, by the side of a North Carolina road several weeks ago.

4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Director Maj. Amber Millerchip said the base is taking the matter "very seriously," but could not release details about the ongoing investigation.

"We are fully supporting local authorities' efforts and will do our best to find the truth for the Air Force and the individuals involved," she said. "As a matter of policy to protect the integrity of the case, the 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office is unable to release details of an ongoing investigation."

The base did, however, offer its condolences to the family.

"Any loss of life is a tragedy and our deepest condolences go out to the family members involved," Millerchip said. "Right now, our primary concern is the welfare of the family. The health and wellness of airmen and their families is a top priority for Air Force leaders, and we work hard to provide mental, emotional, and spiritual support to military members, civilian employees and their dependents."

A call to Columbus County authorities for comments on the investigation was not returned.