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Private 1st Class Tiffany Dougan died in her barracks room more than two weeks ago, but the Army wouldn’t disclose her name or many particulars because casualty officers couldn’t find her husband.

In fact, they still can’t find him, and word continues to circulate that Hurricane Katrina was a factor in the unsuccessful search. Dougan’s records, updated just before her death, list her spouse as the primary next of kin, and mentioned a home in Texas, presumably near the Gulf Coast and Louisiana.

“Their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and nobody knows where he is,” said Ronald Smitherman, of the 1st Personnel Command in Schwetzingen, Germany.

Army casualty assistance officers in the U.S. have “closed the case” after exhausting all available leads, Smitherman said.

Dougan’s parents, two siblings and her 2-year-old son, Brendan, were notified of her death. The son lives with his father.

A funeral service for Dougan was held last Friday in Lakewood, Colo. She was buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery. An obituary released by the funeral home listed Denver as her place of residency, though a 1st Armored Division news release listed Thornton, a suburb north of the city.

Army doctors have yet to determine what caused Dougan’s death because they are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which can take several weeks. However, there were no signs of foul play, according to Sgt. 1st Class Nancy Morrison, a division spokeswoman.


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