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Fort Hood soldier’s body found near base, 3rd death in month

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(KYMA, KECY)-U.S. Army Officials say the body of a Fort Hood soldier was found by a lake near the military installation, marking the third time in a month that remains of a service member from the Texas base has been discovered.

NBC News reports Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, was found unresponsive July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Lake,” officials said. The 26-year-old private from Pensacola, Florida, joined the Army in September 2019 as a mechanic, and had won three medals for his service.

Army officials did not comment on the cause of death.

Sources say there is no indication that the death of Morta, Morales, nor Guillen are connected.

On June 21, skeletal remains were found in a field in Killeen. The body was identified as 24-year-old missing Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales. Army officials say they suspect foul play in his death.

On July 1, human remains that were later identified as missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen were found 20 miles east of the base. A suspect in that case, Fort Hood soldier Aaron Robinson, shot and killed himself as police moved in to arrest him. A woman that officials identified as Robinson's girlfriend was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of tampering with evidence.

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