Coast guardsman found dead in Valdez home

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Published: Sep. 2, 2019 at 10:46 AM AKDT
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A 23-year-old Coast guardsman was found dead inside his home in Valdez on Saturday evening, according to the Coast Guard.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Frankie Lopez of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was pronounced dead late Saturday evening and was sent to the medical examiner's office in Anchorage.

There is still no cause released, and the death is under investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our shipmate,” said Lt. Timothy Cassel, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur. “Our hearts go out to Frankie’s family, loved ones and friends during this difficult time. We are working to provide the proper counseling and support to our shipmates and family members of the deceased.”

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