A soldier’s body from Fort Hood was found near the lake and marks the 3rd death of the base in the month
Mejhor Morta, 26, a private individual at Fort Hood, was found unresponsive on July 17 at a lake near the Texas military base.
The body of a Fort Hood soldier was found on a lake near the military facility, officials said Tuesday. This was the third time in a month that remains of a service member from the Texas base have been found.
Mejhor Morta “was found unresponsive on July 17th near Stillhouse Lake,” officials said. The 26-year-old private man from Pensacola, Florida, joined the army as a mechanic in September 2019 and received three medals for his service.
“The Black Knight family was really broken by the tragic loss of Private Mejhor Morta,” said Lieutenant Colonel Neil Armstrong, commander of the 5th Battalion’s 1st Cavalry Regiment. “I want to express my condolences to his family, friends and relatives.”
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Armstrong said Morta was a “large force” and the whole formation mourned him.
Army officials made no comment on the cause of death. The Bell County Sheriff Department investigating the incident did not immediately return NBC News’ request for a comment on Wednesday.
On July 1, human remains, later identified as 20-year-old missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, were found about 20 miles east of the base. A suspect in this case, Fort Hood soldier Aaron Robinson, shot himself when the police moved in to arrest him. A woman identified by officials as Robinson’s girlfriend was arrested and pleaded not guilty to manipulating federal evidence.
On June 21, skeletal remains were found in a field in Killeen, just over 10 miles from Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which were later identified as the 24-year-old missing Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales. Army officials have said they suspect a bad game in his death.
There is no evidence that the deaths of Morta, Morales, and Guillen are related.
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