Broadcaster’s death still under investigation
NAPLES, Italy — Italian railway police still are awaiting toxicology results from an autopsy of a 20-year-old American Forces Network broadcaster found dead Oct. 20 near Aviano Air Base, Italy, an official said Thursday.
The body of Airman 1st Class Lauren Lagudi, who was stationed at Aviano, was found near the train station in Pordenone, about 10 miles from the air base.
Railway police believe Lagudi died by accident or by suicide, but they have not ruled out the remote possibility of foul play, said an Italian police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
Investigators found Lagudi’s body behind some bushes about 30 to 40 feet from the railroad tracks near the downtown Pordenone train station, the official said.
Nearly 200 airmen and civilians attended a memorial service on Tuesday in Aviano for the popular host of the AFN morning show there.
She was recognized as the Air Force’s Outstanding New Broadcaster during the 2008 Air Force Media Contest.
Burial was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Her family lives in San Antonio.