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Army IDs body found at Fort Bragg

Posted September 30, 2010

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— The Army on Thursday identified a body found Monday at Fort Bragg, authorities said.

Soldiers found the body of Angel Pesante, 31, of Fayetteville, while training in the woods north of Plank Road near the intersection of Hobson Road, in the Hoke County section of Fort Bragg.

"The deceased is not in the military and has no official affiliation with the military," said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command. "We are working very diligently to determine how he ended up on Fort Bragg property."

Plank Road is a two-lane highway on post that is open to the public. It's a popular shortcut between Fayetteville and the Southern Pines area.

Pesante's family filed a missing person report with Fayetteville police on Sept. 17.

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Grey said the Army is treating Pesante's death as a homicide, and investigators are working with Fayetteville police on the case.

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  • Zoey Oct 1, 2010

    Reported missing on the 17th and found on an Army post several days later. Did the Army decide to handle this as a homicide on their own? Has the Army become so intelligent that they can now decide, without evidence, that someone has died with suspicious circumstances? Wow. Our military has gotten so smart

    This obviously from someone who knows nothing of the Army or their resources. The Army has no doubt taken the lead in this case because the victim/body was found in their jurisdiction. Whomever solves this case isn't as important as justice being swift and the family finding closure.

  • Adelinthe Sep 30, 2010

    Awww, praying for his loved ones.

    Godbless.

    RB

  • Married2aMSGontheworstpost Sep 30, 2010

    dwr1964, your an imb├ęcile.

  • Tarheelfan13 Sep 30, 2010

    dwr1964 stated: "Reported missing on the 17th and found on an Army post several days later. Did the Army decide to handle this as a homicide on their own? Has the Army become so intelligent that they can now decide, without evidence, that someone has died with suspicious circumstances? Wow. Our military has gotten so smart"

    In all actuality Army expertise and resources are better than even local civilian law enforcement. The Army can use doctors and federal military investigators who in all likelihood have even more training and expertise than local law enforcement investigators.

  • NavySrChiefswife Sep 30, 2010

    dwr1964...the death is being TREATED as a homicide. they did NOT say it WAS a homicide. they are investigating...and the military does have doctors, medical examiners, police and investigators. i am sure this is not their first experience with crime. do you know what evidence they have?? you seem to know it was not homicide...how do you know????

  • smalldogsrule Sep 30, 2010

    Has the Army become so intelligent that they can now decide, without evidence, that someone has died with suspicious circumstances?

    It works like this (for all investigative agencies) If a body is found under suspicious circumstances, like say, in the woods off of a rural road on the outskirts of a military post where foot travel is not common, it is treated as a possible homicide until proven otherwise.

  • dwr1964 Sep 30, 2010

    Reported missing on the 17th and found on an Army post several days later. Did the Army decide to handle this as a homicide on their own? Has the Army become so intelligent that they can now decide, without evidence, that someone has died with suspicious circumstances? Wow. Our military has gotten so smart