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WIESBADEN, Germany — A U.S. soldier found dead in a barracks room last weekend in Giessen has yet to be publicly identified because the Army is having difficulty locating the soldier’s family, which is dealing with an earlier tragedy.

Casualty assistance personnel “are having trouble finding the next-of-kin because they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nancy Morrison, a 1st Armored Division spokeswoman.

Normally, the notification process takes a couple of days, often because servicemembers list multiple people to contact in the event of an emergency or death. The soldier in question was found dead Sunday.

“Some of the next-of-kin have been notified,” Morrison said Friday afternoon, “but not all of them.”

Earlier this week, the Army stated it was investigating the death, though Morrison said she was told there were no signs of foul play. The soldier was apparently found unconscious in the soldier’s barracks room and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.


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