The body of a soldier from Fort Hood found near the base; third death in months

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – U.S. Army officials said on Tuesday that the body of a soldier from Fort Hood was found near the Texas Army base, marking the third time in a month that the body of a soldier from Fort Hood had been discovered. Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, was found unanswered on July 17 near Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Fort Hood officials said. Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a reservoir located in Bell County and managed by the Fort Worth District of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

“The Black Knight family is truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Private Mejhor Morta,” said Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong, commander of the 5th Cavalry Brigade. Regiment. “I wish to extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.”

Morta, from Pensacola, Fla., Entered the military in September 2019 as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Mechanic. Since May 2020, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, according to a statement from Fort Hood. Morta’s awards and decorations include the World War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

The incident is under investigation by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, which did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

Officials did not say whether the death was considered suspicious.

On June 21, officials discovered skeletal remains in a field in Killeen, just over 10 miles from Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which were later identified as a 24-year-old missing Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales . U.S. Army officials have said they suspect foul play in his death.

Then, on July 1, US Army officials found other human remains, which were later identified as a 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier from the Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, near the Leon River in Bell County, approximately 20 miles east of Fort Hood.

There is no indication that the deaths of Morales and Guillen are linked. Members of Congress joined with women’s advocates on Tuesday in continuing to call for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment following the death of Guillen, who investigators say was killed and dismembered by a person stationed at the same base at Fort Hood.

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