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U.S. Army investigators are expected next week to take the lead in the case involving a Army spouse found dead in her on-base flat in Wiesbaden, according to a German police spokesman.

German police in Wiesbaden have been on the case since Chevonne Talbot’s body was found Oct. 12 by her husband, a soldier assigned to the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.

Much of the focus has centered on the husband and a 27-year-old man suspected of having an affair with Talbot. A German official said last week it’s also possible Talbot’s death was accidental.

A German police spokesman said Friday that Army criminal investigators would assume the lead role in the inquiry, possibly as early as Monday.

An Army spokeswoman would say only that German police, as of Friday, still have jurisdiction in the matter, though both agencies are collaborating.

“The investigation is ongoing to determine what happened, and the cause and manner of her death,” said Donna Dean, a spokeswoman for the 221st Base Support Battalion, based in Wiesbaden.

Talbot, 30, was found dead in her bathroom at about 6 p.m., according to a news release issued by German police. It stated her hands were tied and that a thin scarf was wrapped around her neck.

German police initially detained Talbot’s husband, but then released him. Likewise, a 27-year-old dependent, the spouse of a U.S. Army soldier, was also questioned and released, said Oliver Welpot of the Wiesbaden police department.

A preliminary autopsy by a German coroner found that Talbot suffered “a massive violent act that could have led to her death,” though it was not yet proven. German authorities listed strangulation as the probable cause of death, pending further tests.

“She definitely did not hang herself,” Welpot said.


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