Pvt. Dakota Lee Stump, 19, was found deceased on Fort Hood Nov. 3.
The remains of Stump were discovered next to a flipped-over vehicle, which was registered to Stump, in a wooded area approximately 100 yards from the roadway near Building 43028 on Fort Hood. Stump had been missing since Oct. 10.
The vehicle was discovered at approximately 11:50 a.m. Nov. 3 by Soldiers who were conducting land-navigation training. Based on the extensive damage to the car and surrounding trees and foliage, early indications are the vehicle left the roadway, entered the wooded area and rolled over multiple times, according to law enforcement officials. Due to the terrain and heavy vegetation, the vehicle was not visible from the road.
Stump, whose home of record is listed as Avon, Indiana, entered active-duty service in March as an indirect-fire infantryman. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July.
Stump’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.