BELTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Authorities said Wednesday a Fort Hood soldier found dead last week near the Texas Army base where he was stationed is believed to have drowned, according to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
A preliminary autopsy shows the cause of death of Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, to be consistent with a drowning, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin has ordered a full autopsy report, but results are pending.
They will be released by the medical examiner’s office in Dallas, the sheriff’s office said.READ MORE: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
U.S. Army officials announced Morta’s death Tuesday.
It marked at least the third time in a month that a Fort Hood soldier’s body has been discovered, but there is no indication the deaths are related.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Stillhouse Hollow Lake Dam on Friday just after midnight after fishermen in a boat located a body in the water at the base of the dam. Upon arrival, officers located Morta’s body.
The Bell County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing.MORE NEWS: Southlake Ranks 20th 'Best Small City In America'; Keller & Flower Mound Most Affordable
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