BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sad news for a family on Thanksgiving. A U.S. airman who went missing early Saturday morning is found dead. Police now confirm a body pulled from the water in Fells Point is that of Evan Curbeam.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on this tragic story.
At just 29, Evan Curbeam had accomplished so much in his life, graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology and then George Washington University with a Master’s in science engineering.
“I know my son. He’s a very responsible person. He’s regimented,” said David Thomas, victim’s father.
But on Saturday night (Nov. 23), this story of success turned to tragedy and heartache. After a night out with friends at the Bond Street Social in Fells Point, Curbeam decided to go home. He was last seen walking toward his car, which was parked about four blocks away. He never made it.
On Saturday afternoon, police found his car exactly where he left it. The black Mazda 3 was parked at Broadway and Eastern avenues.
On Wednesday afternoon, his lifeless body was pulled from the harbor.
“My wife is falling apart. I have another son in Florida who I can’t talk to enough now just to make sure he’s OK,” Thomas said.
Curbeam dedicated his life to his country as an Airman 1st Class at Andrews Air Force Base. The Air National Guard released a statement, calling Evan a friend, patriot and consummate professional, saying: “He will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy and our hearts out to the family and friends of Evan.”
Curbeam, a Baltimore native, served honorably in the D.C. Air National Guard for two years. He was a full-time employee at Joint Base Andrews in the munitions section of the 113th Maintenance Squadron. He had recently been selected as the District of Columbia National Guard’s Airman of the Year for 2013.
But his greatest duty was to his 4-year-old daughter.
“I just want to see my son again. I don’t know what to do,” said Thomas.
Police have not said if foul play is involved, as the investigation into Curbeam’s death continues.
Curbeam graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2002. Many of Curbeam’s former schoolmates took to social media to push for his safe return and now to send their condolences.
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