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Pfc. Denisha Montgomery, shown during a military exercise in an undated photo from social media, was found dead in her barracks room in Wiesbaden, Germany, Aug. 9, 2022. Her death is under investigation.

Pfc. Denisha Montgomery, shown during a military exercise in an undated photo from social media, was found dead in her barracks room in Wiesbaden, Germany, Aug. 9, 2022. Her death is under investigation. (Facebook)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The death last week of a soldier assigned to a military police unit deployed to Wiesbaden has sparked online claims of foul play.

Pfc. Denisha Montgomery, assigned to the 139th Military Police Company, was found unresponsive Wednesday in her room at Clay Kaserne, according to a statement issued Sunday by U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Montgomery had deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Ga., and was scheduled to return with her unit at the end of September. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division is looking into the circumstances of her death, according to USAREUR-AF.

“We take any and all accusations regarding this incident seriously and request everyone refrain from posting unsubstantiated information to social media platforms,” the USAREUR-AF statement said.

That statement was apparently prompted by assorted online allegations.

Pfc. Denisha Montgomery, shown here in an undated photo from social media, was found dead on Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany, Aug. 9, 2022. Montgomery was  assigned to the 139th Military Police Company and deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Ga.

Pfc. Denisha Montgomery, shown here in an undated photo from social media, was found dead on Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany, Aug. 9, 2022. Montgomery was assigned to the 139th Military Police Company and deployed to Germany from Fort Stewart, Ga. (Facebook)

A GoFundMe campaign was started Friday by Crystal Dye under the title “Justice For PFC Denisha Smith,” using Montgomery’s married name.

Dye, who did not describe her connection to Montgomery, describes the soldier as a 27-year-old mother of three young boys.

In addition, Michelle Lynn Espinoza, who identified herself as Montgomery’s aunt, wrote in a public Facebook post that Montgomery had been attacked by other soldiers two weeks before her death.

She added that for unknown reasons, Montgomery wanted to wait until she got back to Fort Stewart before filing a full report.

Dye and Espinoza were not immediately available for comment Monday.

USAREUR-AF officials on Monday declined to disclose a preliminary cause of death or any further details on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

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Alexander reports on the U.S. military and local news in Europe for Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has 10 years experience as an Air Force photojournalist covering operations in Timor-Leste, Guam and the Middle East. He graduated from Penn State University and is a Defense Information School alumnus.

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