REPORT: High-ranking Air Force officer found decades after his sudden disappearance

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A high-ranking Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.

Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO’s control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.

The article goes on to state the following:

Hughes was last seen withdrawing more than $28,000 in Albuquerque in the summer of 1983 after returning from a two-week vacation in Europe.

An Office of Special Investigations spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal that there’s no indication Hughes was involved with the Soviet Union or that any classified information was leaked.

Hughes told authorities after his capture on Wednesday that he was depressed about being in the Air Force and decided to leave.

DML News offers the following additional information published by MILITARY.COM:

OSI special agents at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., captured Hughes without incident, the Air Force said.

Hughes revealed his true identity on Tuesday during a passport fraud investigation by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

The article goes on to state the following:

Family, close friends and co-workers had claimed they didn’t know his whereabouts, and law enforcement agencies in the United States and overseas couldn’t locate him.

Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr. was formally declared a deserter by the Air Force Dec. 9, 1983.

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