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Body found on Fort Bragg trail

Posted January 2, 2011 12:56 p.m. EST
Updated January 3, 2011 6:05 p.m. EST

— A body was found on a trail crossing the grounds of Fort Bragg Saturday morning, a military spokesman said.

Spokesman Ben Able said the body was found at about 11 a.m. Saturday on the All American Trail, near Plank and King roads on the western edge of Fort Bragg's grounds. Officials declined to say who found the body.

Army officials confirmed Monday that the man was a soldier, but they haven't released his identity and cause of death or said whether the death is considered a homicide.

The death is being investigated by the Army Criminal Investigations Command, which reviews all deaths on post.

The All American Trail is a public path designed for biking and hiking. The area where the body was found is covered with longleaf pine forests and is available to the public for hunting, and nearby Plank Road is a popular shortcut between Fayetteville and Southern Pines.

The body was found about 8 miles west of a spot where soldiers found a man's body on Sept. 27.

Angel Pesante, 31, was found in some woods near Hobson Road and Plank Road. He wasn't in the military and had been reported missing by his ex-wife two weeks earlier.

Investigators treated Pesante's death as a homicide, but they haven't yet said how he died or whether they have any suspects.