Army confirms body found near Fort Hood is missing soldier Gregory Morales

Army confirms body found near Fort Hood is missing soldier Gregory Morales

Authorities on Sunday confirmed that the skeletal remains found in a field in Killeen, Texas on Friday is the body of missing Fort Hood soldier Gregory Morales. They are investigating his death as a homicide.

The remains, which were identified with the help of U.S. Army investigators and the Army’s Dental Corps. Autopsy results are still pending to determine the cause and manner of death, officials said.

Foul play is suspected and Army investigators, who are working with Killeen police, are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with credible information about Morales’ death.

“The First Team is saddened by the news of the passing of PV2 Gregory Morales. His life was taken too soon, and we appreciate his service to our nation,” Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, said in a statement from Fort Hood.

Morales, who was also known as Gregory Wedel, was last seen in August driving his personal vehicle outside of Fort Hood. He was to be discharged within days after his disappearance, the Army said.

Army criminal investigators from Fort Hood contacted Killeen police Friday about a tip they received about a body in a field.

Killeen police homicide detectives joined Army investigators at the scene with help from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department search dog to comb the field. The search turned up skeletal remains.

“I just want to thank whoever came forward with the info. We finally have closure and can clear his name,” Morales’ mother, Kim Wedel, told KCEN-TV.

Morales, 24, an Oklahoma native who joined the Army in June 2015 as a motor transport operator, had been assigned to the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since November 2016, Army officials said.

Morales had earned two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanics Badge and Army Service Ribbon.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/21/army-confirms-body-missing-fort-hood-soldier-gregory-morales-found/3233055001/

News Related

ORTHER NEWS

Trump’s ‘mission accomplished’ moment is premature and deadly. We have not defeated COVID.

Desperate for crowds and adoration, Trump has put his most fervent supporters at risk of getting a deadly disease. Future historians will be astonished. Read more »

NFLPA president JC Tretter says NFL is putting season, players at risk with its coronavirus approach

NFL Players Association president JC Tretter said Tuesday the NFL is putting the 2020 season at risk with its coronavirus approach, calling on the league to better “prioritize player safety.” “Like many other... Read more »

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he tested positive for the coronavirus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity. Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and... Read more »

Venice Film Festival forges ahead amid COVID-19 pandemic with reduced lineup

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for... Read more »

Amtrak offers buy-one, get-one promotion on its sleeper trains amid COVID-19 — with a catch

Amtrak wants you to have sweet dreams the next time you travel — so much so that it’s sweetening the deal on its sleeper “roomettes.” The rail service is offering a buy-one-get-one-free discount... Read more »

Florida teen treated with hydroxychloroquine at home before dying of COVID-19, report says

FORT MEYERS, Fla. – The family of a 17-year-old Florida girl who died last month from COVID-19 treated her symptoms at home for nearly a week before taking her to a hospital, a... Read more »

Mookie Betts worried MLB coronavirus testing woes could prevent him from ever playing for Dodgers

During nearly four months away from the game, Mookie Betts said he “stayed away from baseball to keep myself sane.” It’s not hard to understand why. The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player... Read more »

Tom Hanks doesn’t get ‘how common sense has somehow been put into question’ with coronavirus

Read more »

Can Gov. DeSantis force Florida schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic? Some school leaders seem doubtful.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As concern about the state order spread online, some school leaders said: Not so fast. As Florida educators puzzle over how to start the new academic year, Gov. Ron... Read more »

Texas surpasses 200,000 coronavirus cases after 4th of July holiday weekend

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas reached 200,000 total COVID-19 cases Monday, just 17 days after crossing the 100,000 threshold, a figure that took the state nearly four months to hit. The grim milestone came... Read more »