The family of a College Station native, Texas A&M graduate and airman says he is considered dead by the Air Force some two weeks after his disappearance.
According to the family of Air Force Airman First Class James Adam Lassiter, Air Force officials visited their College Station home Thursday with a letter extending condolences from the military for Lassiter's death. The date of death is listed as April 12.
A1C Lassiter went missing on Saturday, March 31, after he went canoeing on the Spokane River in eastern Washington State.
When the 26-year-old didn't show up for work at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base on April 2, local law enforcement and the Air Force began searching a 30-mile stretch of the river. They found Lassiter's truck at a park along the river, but no sign of him or a canoe.
Because of poor conditions on the ground that posed threats to crews, search efforts were on-and-off over the last two weeks. Record rainfall in the inland northwest has made the river increasingly dangerous to be on.
A spokesperson for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they are no longer actively searching for Lassiter, and that he will be considered "missing" by the office until a body is found.
Lassiter was raised and home-schooled in College Station. One of eight siblings, he went on to attend Texas A&M as part of the Corps of Cadets. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from A&M, and was assigned to a training group at Fairchild AFB. He was married to an Aggie.
The family tells News 3 they will wait to hold memorial services until after the body is found. They say they've been told waters are expected to recede in late June or July.
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