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Missing airman found dead, Air National Guard says

An airman who went missing from Fells Point after a night out with friends has been found dead, the D.C. Air National Guard says.

Baltimore police said the body of Evan Curbeam, 29, was found Wednesday afternoon during a water search in Fells Point.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Marc Sasseville, commander of the 113th Wing, called Curbeam "a friend, patriot and consummate professional."

"It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the loss of one of our own," Sasseville said. "He will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy and our hearts go out to the family and friends of Evan."

Curbeam was recently chosen as the D.C. National Guard's Airman of the Year, officials said. He had served for two years and worked full-time at Joint Base Andrews in the munitions section of the 113th Maintenance Squadron.

Baltimore police Homicide detectives and Marine Unit divers recovered the body at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The discovery ended an intensive missing persons search that began Saturday and involved the assistance of Baltimore County police. Curbeam's body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation, and police did not disclose any details Thursday afternoon on how Curbeam may have died.

"We thank the Baltimore County and Baltimore City Police for their dedicated search efforts," Sasseville said. "While this is devastating news, we appreciate the quick closure their efforts brought."

The Baltimore County resident was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He had been at the bar Bond Street Social and left his group of friends to head back to his car, which was parked at Eastern and Broadway. His family became concerned when he didn't pick up his daughter as scheduled the following day. Police later found his car where he had left it in Fells Point.

Baltimore Sun staff writer Justin George contributed to this report.

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