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Missing Shaw Airman found dead

Release Number: 020519

U.S. Air Force officials are seeking the public’s help in locating Senior Airman Jose Llanes, who was last seen at his residence on Lynam Road around 10:30 p.m., May 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force officials are seeking the public’s help in locating Senior Airman Jose Llanes, who was last seen at his residence on Lynam Road around 10:30 p.m., May 17, 2019.


Senior Airman Jose Llanes, who was reported missing May 18, 2019, was found dead, May 21, 2019 at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The 28-year-old Airman served as a 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron aircraft parts store journeyman and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Nov. 6, 2012. He has been stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina since Mar. 7, 2013.

Llanes was found off of Relief Road, which is located west of the Route 379 and Interstate 95 intersection, approximately 20 miles southeast of Shaw.

"This is a heartbreaking day for our squadron family, and for everyone else who knew Jose," said Lt. Col. Frank Fappiano, 20th LRS Commander. "It makes us want to pull those around us a little bit closer. Jose was a beloved teammate and friend, and his presence in our unit will be sorely missed. Our sincerest condolences go to Jose's family, friends and everyone else affected by this terrible tragedy."

The cause of death is unknown at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.

Questions regarding the incident can be directed to Adrienne Sarvis of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at asarvis@sumtercountysc.org or 803-436-2034. Other queries can be directed to the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 20FWPublicAffairs@us.af.mil or 803-895-2019.