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Army IDs body found at Fort Bragg

Posted September 30, 2010 3:29 p.m. EDT
Updated September 30, 2010 3:39 p.m. EDT

— 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.