$15K reward offered after remains of Fort Bragg paratrooper found near Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
$15K reward offered after remains of Fort Bragg paratrooper found near Cape Lookout National Seashore
$15K reward offered after remains of Fort Bragg paratrooper found near Cape Lookout National Seashore

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- The remains of an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper were found near Cape Lookout National Seashore on May 29.

Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez, 21, of Chino, Calif., was a human resource specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Roman-Martinez had been missing since Memorial Day weekend.

"We are deeply saddened by Spc. Roman-Martinez's untimely passing," said Lt. Col. Scotty Autin, commander, 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, in a written statement. "He was well-liked by those who served alongside him. Spc. Roman-Martinez had a great attitude and the tragedy of is loss is felt by all of us. Our sympathies are with his family, friends, and fellow paratroopers - especially his mother and sister who flew from California to be here."

According to a news release from the 82nd Airborne Division, remains washed up on Shackleford Banks Island, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Investigators said remains had unfortunately washed ashore in this area in previous years.

The soldier was identified by dental records.

Roman-Martinez entered the Army in September 2016, attended airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned as a paratrooper to Fort Bragg in March 2017.

His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachutist Badge.

"We are investigating Spc. Roman-Martinez's death as a homicide and our investigation continues, said Christopher Grey, spokesman for Army CID, in a written statement. "Army CID is offering a reward of up to $15,000 to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Spc. Roman-Martinez."

Volunteer paratroopers from the unit were allowed to assist early on in the search and rescue efforts. Fort Bragg officials would like to thank the tireless efforts of the Park Rangers, Carteret County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Pine Knoll Shores Police Department.

"We worked closely with the family, CID, and local authorities throughout the process," said Autin. "Our priority now is to support them through the tragedy and ensure Spc. Roman-Martinez is recovered and honored in a dignified way."

According to CID, individuals wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.

Anyone with information is stongly encouraged to contact Army CID Special Agents at 910-396-8777. They can also submit anonymous information here or contact their contact their local law enforcement agencies.