30-year-old airman from Shaw Air Force base found dead in hotel

Monika Carillo (Provided/Shaw Air Force Base)

An airman at Shaw Air Force base was found dead this weekend at an off-base hotel.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Monika Carillo, 30, Airman 1st Class, assigned to the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron (CMS) at Shaw Air Force Base, was found dead on Saturday at approximately 10 p.m., according to the public affairs department with the United States Air Force.

She was an electronic warfare section team member who served in the Air Force since Sep. 12, 2017.

"This tragedy comes as a shock," said Maj. Francis Schillinger, 20th CMS commander. "Monika hadn't been part of our family for long, but this loss hits hard all the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monika's family, friends, and fellow airmen right now, and I want them to know that we grieve with them during this time of great personal loss."

Shaw Air Force base is about eight miles west-northwest of downtown Sumter.

Questions regarding the incident can be sent to Ken Bell of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at or 803-436-2034.

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