An Air Force family of four reported missing on Thanksgiving Day were found dead in their SUV after a crash.
Staff Sgt. Anthony James Dean died in the crash, along with wife Chelsi and daughters Kaytlin, 5, and Avri, 1, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
The Deans were last seen between Billings and Ekalaka on the way to visit family for Thanksgiving, according to the University of North Dakota Police Department.
Officials from the Highway Patrol told the newspaper that the car went off the road around 7 a.m. and crashed into a median “for a distance before going airborne,” then hitting a concrete bridge support and landing in the creek below.
“Words are not enough during a time like this,” Air ForceMaj. Eric Inkenbrandt, 69th Maintenance Squadron commander, said in a statement to the Grand Forks Herald. “AJ’s family brought a light to our maintenance community, and this loss strikes each of us deeply. May their friends and family be granted the strength and serenity to get through this sorrowful time.”