Dead Girl, 16, Found in Army Barracks

Fort Lewis investigating after 1 civilian teen found dead, another unconscious
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2009 7:49 AM CST
Dead Girl, 16, Found in Army Barracks
US Army soldiers carrying unit flags march away following a relinquishment of command ceremony at Fort Lewis, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another girl the same age was found unconscious in an Army barracks at Fort Lewis, Wash., early Sunday, the Tacoma News-Tribune reports. The girls were found by emergency personnel responding to a 911 call. A soldier who allegedly knew at least one of the girls has been questioned but not detained.

The girls, both civilians, were found with no external signs of trauma, said a base official. The surviving girl is in stable condition at a local hospital. An autopsy is being performed on the deceased girl but toxicology results may not be known for weeks. The base is reviewing its access policies and investigating how the girls came to be in the barracks so late at night.
(More Washington state stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.