Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 05, 2008 08:58 ET

One Canadian Airman Dies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2008) - At approximately 4:15 a.m. (EST) July 4, a Canadian Forces member was found dead in an accommodation room in the Theatre Support Element compound in the Gulf region.

Deceased is Corporal Brendan Anthony Downey, a Military Policeman from the Military Police Detachment in Dundurn, Saskatchewan.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances of this incident. No further details are available at this time, although enemy action has been ruled out.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Corporal Downey during this difficult time. Our focus over the next number of days will be to provide the best possible support to the family of our airman and to his colleagues.

Cpl Downey's immediate family has no comment at this time. They are asking that the media please respect their privacy and they will provide a statement in due course.

Note to Editors: A photo of the deceased airman is available on the Combat Camera website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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