The death of a Hubbard man whose body was found in February 2021 in an apartment complex at Yokota Air Force Base in Japan has been ruled a suicide.
The decision on the mode and method of death of Trevor Balint, 34, of Hubbard, was completed shortly after his body was found by Japanese and US Air Force authorities. Balint had been the subject of an extensive two-week search after his wife reported him missing on February 1, 2021.
According to the case summary provided by the US government after this newspaper filed a request for documents related to the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act, a search of a storage closet in the complex of apartments revealed that Balint’s body was hanging from a water pipe with black. and a green rope around the neck. An empty rum bottle, newspaper clippings and a chair were found in the storage unit, the report said.
A medical examiner finalized the death certificate on February 16, 2021, saying Balint died by hanging and the manner of death was suicide. Balint’s estimated time of death was between February 8 and 10, according to the medical examiner.
Because environmental information about the storage unit was unknown, the accuracy of those times could have varied by up to two days in either direction, the medical examiner’s report said.
Interviews revealed that at the time of Balint’s death, he had no steady job and had no known local friends. He lived at the air base because his wife Britni, who is from Brookfield, worked there as an analyst for the Department of Defense.
On January 31 around 2 a.m., he arrived home without his wallet, keys and phone. Around noon, these objects were found scattered on the doorstep of a neighbour’s house. He was declared missing at 6:40 p.m. on February 1.
Neighbors told investigators that Balint often exchanged greetings but did not engage in conversation, and they did not see or hear him having a disagreement with anyone.
Examination of Balint’s receipts revealed that on January 31 he purchased a one-litre bottle of rum and a 375ml bottle of gin in the morning. He also bought four other 500ml alcoholic beverages from a 711 store.
Previous health records showed Balint had attempted suicide in the past – in 2010 by drowning, by sleeping pills in 2016, when trying to jump off a bridge in 2016 and when he tried to jump off a bridge. sixth floor window in 2018.
In 2017, Balint wrote an email that talked about suicide and how he didn’t fit in with the world.
According to a video released by Colonel Andrew Campbell, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing at the base, the discovery of Balint’s death was one of six on the base in 12 months.
“First of all, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones this year,” Campbell said. “I want to reassure our community that these deaths, while tragic, do not reflect any known danger to our community as a whole.”
Campbell said the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has completed a thorough investigation.
“The integrity of these investigations prevents us from sharing many details about each case prematurely and even when completed, many details may not be released out of respect for the deceased and their loved ones.”
U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Howland, helped Balint’s mother-in-law, Denise Mott, of Brookfield, secure a visa to travel to Japan to be with her daughter, Britni, in the days during the search and after Balint’s body was found.