Warrant reveals clues in soldier's death

June 27, 2008 7:28:24 PM PDT
Search warrants obtained in the Fort Bragg soldier's death reveal the reasons Fayetteville Police investigators consider Army Specialist Megan Touma's death suspicious. Homicide investigators say they are still waiting for an official autopsy and cause of death from the state Medical Examiner's Office, but search warrants give us some insight.

Two sections of drywall from the motel room containing red substance, suspected to be blood, were among the inventory of items seized by investigators.

Touma's badly decomposed body was found last Saturday in the bathtub of a room at the Fairfield Inn in Fayetteville. Police investigators haven't said how she died, but they will say the 23-year-old was seven-months pregnant when she died.

According to the police documents, 34-items were collected including swabbing of possible DNA, a sink faucet, fingerprints and other red substance suspected to be blood. Officials also say her bed and nightstand were found askew.

Touma was remembered Friday in a private ceremony at Fort Bragg. Her father released this statement to Fort Bragg stating:

"Megan was a young, vibrant, fun loving young lady. She loved the military. We are very, very proud of her accomplishments, and we are profoundly saddened by the fact that we won't ever get to know our first Grandchild."

Fort Bragg officials confirmed Touma was engaged and requested a Fort Bragg assignment because her fiancé is stationed at the post, but officials haven't identified that man or said who the father of her baby is.

She signed into Fort Bragg's 19th Replacement Company on Thursday, June 12, at 2 a.m. and attended two required formations at 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Touma was off the next day.

When she missed a formation Monday, June 16, she wasn't reported absent without leave after 24 hours, in accordance with Army regulations.

Fort Bragg is conducting its own investigation into the accountability of soldiers assigned to the 19th Replacement Company.


Load Comments