Man found dead in Great Falls identified as Malmstrom airman

Man found dead in Great Falls identified as Malmstrom airman

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A man who was found dead in Great Falls early Sunday has been identified as an active-duty airman stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

At around 2:30 a.m., officers found the body of Tristen Allen Carlson at a residence on the 2300 block of 14th Avenue South, the Cascade County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Carlson was 21 years old.

Carlson's family has been notified.

There is no official word yet on the cause of death, nor any reports of arrests in connection with his death.

This is at least the third death of a Great Falls-area airman in the past month. 

The body of Staff Sgt. Manuel Trevino Jr. was discovered by Cascade County Sheriff's Office deputies on Jan. 14. Foul play or other suspicious circumstances were not immediately suspected in the off-base death, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter told the Great Falls Tribune. He did not disclose where Trevino was found.

The sheriff's office is leading the investigation with assistance from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, according to a base spokeswoman.

The base was a close-knit community and a tragedy such as Trevino's death affects every member, 341st Missile Wing Commander Col. Jennifer Reeves said at the time.

Then on Jan. 22, Ian McBeth, 44, from Great Falls, died fighting wildfires in Australia when the tanker he was piloting crashed. He was one of three men in the crash who died. McBeth was an tanker pilot with Coulson Aviation Inc. and served with the Montana Air National Guard 120th Airlift Wing.

McBeth also served with the Wyoming and Nevada Air National Guards. He was also an instructor and an evaluator pilot, according a press release from Coulson.


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