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Coast Guardsman found dead in Valdez home

A 23-year-old Coast Guard officer was found dead inside his Valdez home Saturday, authorities said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Frankie Lopez was discovered by police officers in Valdez Saturday night, the Coast Guard said in a statement Sunday.

The statement did not say why police in Valdez went to the residence, or whether foul play is suspected.

“The cause of the incident is currently under investigation,” the statement said.

Lopez was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur.

The death is the latest in a string of incidents this summer involving Coast Guard personnel in Alaska.

On Aug. 4, a 25-year-old Coast Guard member from Savannah, Georgia, died in a fall from a cliff on Kodiak.

Last week, a 19-year-old member of the Coast Guard was charged with murder in the January death Ethan Kelch, a seaman from Virginia who was found dead on a Dutch Harbor beach in January.

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