Nampa airman found dead on Alaskan trail

December 13, 2013 

— A 22-year-old Nampa airman was found dead in Alaska on Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Tanner Volkers’s body was found at the Basher Trailhead in East Anchorage by Anchorage Police Department search teams.

Volkers, a 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, had been stationed in Alaska at Joint Base Elemdorf-Richardson since January 2010.

Volkers gathered some of his personal belongings and left home on Saturday, police said. A missing persons report was filed the next day.

Police released a description and asked for the public’s help in locating the man. A department release stated investigators had not discovered anything suspicious about the disappearance, but noted Volkers had some health concerns.

A cause of death has not been released.

"On behalf of all the Arctic Warriors, I want to express my deepest condolences for the loss of Staff Sgt. Tanner Volkers," said Col. Brian P. Duffy, JBER and 673rd Air Base Wing commander. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Volkers' family, friends and the JBER community during this tragic loss."

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