The U.S. Air Force captain who went missing and was found deceased off the coast of Destin was identified as an instructor pilot based out of Eglin Air Force Base.
- The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office issued an aqua alert Friday night for Nicholas Brown. An update Saturday said Brown’s body had been found.
On Sunday, the 33rd Fighter Wing said Brown was 34-year-old Capt. Nicholas Brown of the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin.
Col. Dave Skalicky, commander of the fighter wing, said in a statement that “our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Capt. Brown’s family, friends, fellow Nomads, and all those affected by this tragic loss.”
- “Our focus right now is ensuring we care for those closest to him and provide all the support and resources we can to our Nomads and families during this difficult time.”
Brown was an F-35 instructor pilot from Austin, Texas. Details surrounding his death remained under investigation.
The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the sheriff’s office in searching for Brown after he went missing while free diving in the Gulf of Mexico near Destin.
A GoFundMe page set up to assist Brown’s family said he was a devoted father and husband. As of Sunday it had raised over $85,000.