Death of Heidelberg mother under investigation
The death of a woman found lifeless by her daughters Sunday afternoon in their Ben Franklin Village apartment is under investigation, but authorities say indications are she was not the victim of foul play.
The woman was identified Tuesday as Martha Pouncy, 39. She was the wife of Staff Sgt. Clarence Pouncy, the mother of three girls ages 9, 14 and 17, and an employee of the Heidelberg Child Development Center, said Maj. Al Hing, spokesman for the 21st Tactical Support Command.
According to Hing, Martha Pouncy’s daughters found her body Sunday afternoon in her bedroom. When they couldn’t rouse her, they notified a neighbor who called an ambulance and police.
Pouncy was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m. by a German doctor called to the scene, Hing said. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday but results were not available.
Pouncy had undergone a gastric bypass at some time in the past but Hing said he did not know whether there had been complications from that surgery or whether it had in any way contributed to her death.
Staff Sgt. Pouncy, a truck driver with the 68th Transportation Company, was deployed in Iraq when he learned of his wife’s death. He returned to Mannheim on Tuesday, Hing said.
The family arrived in Germany from Fort Polk, La., 16 months ago, Hing said, and had lived since then at Benjamin Franklin Village.
Pouncy is the second deployed soldier’s wife to be found dead in her Benjamin Franklin Village quarters in the past 45 days.
The body of Juliette Hams, 36, was discovered in her bedroom on Oct. 6, five days after she was last seen alive, according to authorities.
German authorities investigating that case had speculated that Hams’ death resulted from a lethal interaction between alcohol and medications. They were awaiting lab work to determine Hams’ cause of death. A Mannheim prosecutors’ spokesman said Tuesday that he didn’t know the status of the Hams case.
Hams’ husband, 1st Sgt. Pierre Hams, had been in Afghanistan with the 510th Personal Support Battalion when he learned his wife had died.