US soldier found dead in base barracks

US soldier found dead in base barracks
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A US Army soldier has been found dead in the barracks at Grafenwöhr military base in the German state of Bavaria, military officials announced on Friday.

“At this time we can’t speculate about whether there was foul play, but the battalion, military police and the criminal investigation division are conducting a thorough investigation and we will find out exactly what happened,” Army spokesman Major Bryan Wood told The Local on Friday.

The soldier served in the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade. Most of the 900-soldier outfit is currently deployed in Iraq, Wood said.

His cause of death remains unknown and authorities will not announce his identity until his next of kin have been notified.

“That could take anywhere between 24 and 48 hours,” Wood said.

The majority of the 42,000 US Army troops in Europe reside at military bases in Grafenwöhr, Baumholder, Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart. Grafenwöhr is the largest army installation in Germany.