US Air Force Searches for Airman Who's Missing in Italy Staff Sgt. Halex Hale disappeared after leaving a friend's cookout By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jul 9, 2016 2:05 PM CDT 11 comments Comments Staff Sgt. Halex Hale (Aviano Air Base via AP) (Newser) – The US Air Force is searching for an airman from Indiana who vanished last week in Italy, the AP reports. The Air Force issued an all-points bulletin Friday for Staff Sgt. Halex Hale. The 24-year-old from Middletown is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, about 50 miles northeast of Venice. Hale was last seen July 2 at a cookout at a friend's house in Sacile, Italy, about nine miles from the base. His mother, Amy Hale, tells the Muncie Star Press that her son left the cookout on foot to visit another friend's home about 15 minutes away, but never arrived. Her husband, Lance Hale, traveled to Italy on Friday. She says the family is "just devastated" by Halex's disappearance in Italy, where he's been based since February 2015.