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A 1st Armored Division soldier who was found dead Saturday about 60 miles northeast of Hanau was identified Tuesday as Pfc. Eric J. Daniels of the 4th Brigade, 127th Aviation Support Battalion.

Daniels, 20, was based in Hanau and was found by German police in a forest near the town of Lauterbach. While American officials haven’t commented on Daniels’ cause of death, German police said Monday that it appeared Daniels hanged himself.

German and American authorities are investigating the case.

Daniels was from Palm Bay, Fla.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Fliegerhorst Casern chapel in Hanau.


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