Pregnant soldier found dead in motel

June 25, 2008 8:24:00 AM PDT
A young soldier's body was found at a motel, and investigators aren't sure how she died.

Megan Touma, 23, was assigned to the 19th Replacement Company at Fort Bragg. She died just days after arriving from Germany.

Police found Touma's body in a Fayetteville motel Saturday.

They say it appeared she had been dead for several days. They couldn't determine how she died, but say she was seven-months pregnant.

Army officials say the dental specialist was from Cold Spring, Kentucky. Family members there declined comment.

Touma arrived at Fort Bragg June 12, after spending three years an Army dental clinic in Bamberg, Germany.

A clerk at the motel would not say when Touma checked in to the motel.

It is not uncommon for soldiers to spend several days or longer at local motels while waiting to get into on-post housing or an off-post residence.

A Fort Bragg spokesman said, according to their records, Spec. Touma was currently not married.

In a statement released Monday, members of Fort Bragg's command group called Touma's death tragic, saying their "heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the loved ones she leaves behind."

Touma is the second pregnant service member to die in North Carolina this year.

In January, Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterback was found dead near Camp Lejune. A fellow Marine --Cpl. Cesar Laurean-- is charged with her death and is awaiting extradition from Mexico.

A memorial service for Touma will be held Friday at Hope Chapel. The service is closed to the public.

The cause of death is still pending and the case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this death should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856.


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