Dover airman located

DOVER — Police called off the search for a U.S. airman reported missing from Dover Air Force Base after he was located Friday near his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., authorities said.

Dover Air Force Base officials had confirmed that Airman First Class Ceasar Rack was missing, and authorities were investigating.

Airman First Class Ceasar Rack

Airman First Class Ceasar Rack

Spokesman Airman First Class Zach Cacicia of the 436th Airlift Wing said base security forces, the Office of Special Investigations, Delaware State Police, and the Dover Police Department were involved in the attempt to locate Airman Rack.

Dover police said Friday Airman Rack had made a cash withdrawal within the past 24 hours from a bank near his parents’ home. The airman refused to answer all attempts to contact him by phone, police said.

“At this time the Dover Police Department is considering the case closed as the subject was located and is believed to have left the Dover Air Force Base voluntarily,” Dover police said Friday.

An Air Force base spokesman said Airman Rack, 20, was first considered missing when he did not report for duty at his Maintenance Squadron Crew Chief job shift on Monday.

“Members of his unit were unable to contact him via phone or social media and he was not in his room,” according to a spokesman.

“Later the same day, Airman Rack’s commander notified local military and civilian law enforcement for assistance in locating him.”

Also, the spokesman said, “There is always a concern for the safety of our Airmen.

“However, there is no indication that Airman Rack has been harmed at this time.”

On Tuesday, after contact with Airman Rack’s family failed to yield results, Delaware and military authorities jointly initiated a missing person investigation, officials said.

“The men and women of Dover Air Force Base consider ourselves a family and we take this situation very seriously,” a spokesman said.

“We are making every possible effort and working with the appropriate authorities to find our Airman.”

A Facebook post made by a person described as Airman Rack’s parent said he was last seen at DAFB last Sunday night.

He drives a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, the post said.

“He enjoys the outdoors and (may) have gone hiking and got stranded or injured,” the post read.

“If that is not the case, we fear terribly for his wel-lbeing. Please help us get him to safety.

“Share and cross post this so as many eyes as possible are looking for Ceasar.

“If you have any information about his whereabouts please notify the police, Air Force, and us.”

A later post included, “It doesn’t seem likely that he went hiking or camping anymore. I fear that something bad has happened to him. It is torture not knowing where he is.

“Thank you to everyone who has shared! I am grateful to everyone who is helping us find Ceasar. Special thanks to the airman who has promised to look for Ceasar today!

“Everyone, please continue looking for Ceasar anywhere that you think he may be.”

According a Missing Warrior Alert flier, Airman Rack was 20 at the time of his disappearance, standing 5-foot-9 and weighing approximately 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

The flier said he was last seen at 5 p.m. at DAFB. Also noted was a flip flop decal in Airman Rack’s vehicle.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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