A US Air Force lieutenant who was stationed in the United Arab Emirates as part of an anti-ISIS team was found dead in her hotel room on Monday.
According to Daily Mail, the soldier has been identified as First Lt. Anais A. Tobar, 25, who was in Abu Dhabi supporting a US-led Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS extremists. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.
Tabor’s friends say she was excited to return home next month to visit her mother.
“She told her mom on Saturday that when she came home she wanted to travel with her and her dad and take a trip. She was hoping for that,” Mercy McGee told CBS News.
Prior to the anti-ISIS operation, Tobar was stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Col. Christopher Sage, the base’s Fourth Fighter Winger commander, spoke out to offer his condolences to her family.
“The entire base joins me in sending our deepest sympathies to the Tobar family during this period of bereavement,” he said in a statement. “The bonds that tie the Air Force family together are strong, both down-range and at home station. This tragedy affects us all; put your arm around those who are grieving, both personally and professionally.”
We will update you further as this story develops.