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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9)--It was a devastating holiday for a Baltimore family mourning the loss of Airman 1st Class Evan Curbeam.

The body of the 29-year-old was discovered in the water near Fells Point on Thanksgiving Day, after he was reported missing last week.

Airman Curbeam's life ended in the murky waters of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The 29 year-old could fly jets, but he didn't know to swim.

"My wife has fallen apart. I have another son in Florida who I can't talk to enough now just to make sure he's okay," said Curbeam's father, David Thomas, before his son's body was discovered.

Police told the family there was no evidence of foul play and no sign of trauma to his body. Investigators believe he may have simply tripped and fallen into the water.

Curbeam was last seen alive late Friday into early Saturday, enjoying a night out with several friends at a Baltimore bar. At 1:30 Saturday morning, his friends headed to another nightspot, but Curbeam decided to go home. He was reported missing Saturday afternoon after he uncharacteristically failed to pick up his 4 year-old daughter for visitation.

Curbeam served in the Air National Guard for two years, working full-time at Joint Base Andrews. He never knew that just weeks ago, the DC National Guard had selected him as its Airman of the Year. Now, his grieving parents will accept the award next week on their son's behalf.

The D.C. National Guard will hold a memorial service to honor Airman Curbeam on December 8th. His funeral will be held in Baltimore.

Written by Andrea McCarren, WUSA9

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