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Army investigating after soldier found dead in barracks at JBER

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: September 8, 2018
  • Published September 8, 2018

The U.S. Army announced on Friday that it's investigating the death of a soldier found dead at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Tuesday morning.

Spc. Porfiro Gutierrez Jr., 24, was found dead in his barracks, the Army said in a statement. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the death.

Gutierrez was a recovery vehicle operator assigned to the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. He enlisted in the Army in May 2013 in Roseville, California. He had been assigned to U.S. Army Alaska since April 2017.

The agency did not release information about the cause of death.

The Army said in a statement on Friday that a photo of the soldier was not available at the time. An Army spokesman at the base could not immediately be reached Saturday.

Gutierrez's previous assignments included basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He took advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Virginia. He also was assigned to a nearly four-year stint at Fort Hood, Texas.

"No further information about the circumstances of his death will be released until the investigation is complete," the Army statement said.

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