Investigators believe foul play is suspected in the deaths of two men found deceased at the embattled Fort Bragg army base where at least 31 staffers have died this year, reports said Friday.
The two men, identified as Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44, were found dead Wednesday afternoon in a training area at the North Carolina base, ABC News reported, citing a defense official.
No weapon was found at the scene and it’s not clear what state the bodies were in when they were found, the outlet said.
Lavigne was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command while Dumas is a veteran and a resident of the nearby town of Pinehurst, the outlet reported.
“The loss of a Soldier is always tragic,” Lt. Col. Justin Duvall, commander of HHC, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, told ABC in a statement.
“Master Sgt. Lavigne dedicated himself to the Army for 19 years and deployed multiple times in the defense of our Nation. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is probing the death.
Nearly half of the staffers who died at Fort Bragg in 2020 killed themselves, Stars and Stripes reported.