An Air Force family was recently found dead after being missing for almost two days. The car crash occurred early Thanksgiving morning but wasn’t reported until later the next day.
Montana Highway Patrol found the Air Force family’s missing Toyota 4Runner slightly submerged in a creek just outside of Billings, Montana. Investigators reported that the Toyota had veered off the side of Interstate 94 and struck a median. The SUV flew over the median and down an embankment before hitting a large bridge pillar.
The Idaho Statesman reported that, at the time, the Toyota had another vehicle attached to the back. They also reported that speed may have played a huge factor in the Air Force family’s tragic accident.
Anthony Dean, and his wife, Chelsi, had recently moved from Caldwell, Idaho, to North Dakota. But they decided to bring their two small daughters, Kaitlyn, 5, and 20-month-old, Avri, back to visit family in Idaho and Montana for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The last anyone had heard from the family was early Thanksgiving morning. Chelsi Dean sent her grandmother a text message just before 7 a.m., only 30 minutes before the accident took place.
On Wednesday, November 28, almost a week later, family and friends of the Dean family held a candlelight vigil in Manvel, North Dakota, where the family currently resided. “When you reflect back and see their faces and stuff, you start to realize how familiar their faces were,” said Briana Bohm, one of the vigil’s organizers.
The family had bought their home in Manvel only six months earlier after Anthony Dean had been transferred to the Grand Forks Air Force Base from California.
“Whether we all grieve independently or individually of each other, we are all in this together,” Bohm said. May their family and friends grieve in peace at this mournful time.
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