Army investigates death of soldier

Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Army said the death of a Fort Wainwright, Alaska-based soldier from Blaine, Wash., is under investigation.

The soldier, 31-year-old Spc. James T. Townsend, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in his barracks room by his squad leader.

The Anchorage Daily News said Townsend had just returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq.

He had been assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright.

Army officials said the cause of death is unknown and the Army Criminal Investigation Command is handling the inquiry.

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