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Missing Fort Bragg paratrooper found dead, disappeared while camping with fellow soldiers

Posted June 8, 2020 7:32 p.m. EDT
Updated June 9, 2020 7:05 p.m. EDT

— Partial remains of an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper missing since Memorial Day Weekend were found near Cape Lookout National Seashore, May 29.

Officials said 21-year-old Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez had been camping with his fellow soldiers--when he disappeared. His death is being treated as a homicide.

The Cape Lookout National Seashore superintendent, Jeff West, said the paratrooper and seven other Fort Bragg soldiers arrived by ferry on Friday, May 22.

They were going camping on South Core Banks.

He said Roman-Martinez was last seen around midnight, when they helped him set his tent back up after wind knocked it over.

They told officers that Roman-Martinez then walked off without supplies or telling anyone where he was going.

It wasn't until 7:30 p.m. the next night, West said, before Roman-Martinez's camping companions called 9-1-1.

And yet, rangers encountered the campers about five hours earlier to have them move their car--and no one mentioned the missing friend.

When rangers responded to the 9-1-1 call, they found Ramon-Martinez's phone and wallet at the campsite.

A reward for information leading to apprehension, conviction

Officials said Roman-Martinez' remains washed up on Shackleford Banks Island, an area where the prevailing tides have unfortunately washed ashore remains in years past.

A positive identification was made using his dental records.

“We are investigating Spc. Roman-Martinez’s death as a homicide and our investigation continues," said Christopher Grey, spokesman for Army CID.

Army CID is offering a reward of up to $15,000 to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the soldier's death.

Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact Army CID Special Agents at 910-396-8777. They can also submit anonymous information via the website--or contact their contact their local law enforcement agencies.

According to CID, individuals wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

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