Security guard's death at Darmstadt believed to be suicide
DARMSTADT, Germany — A Pond Security Service guard was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in a small office in the Lincoln Village housing area early Wednesday.
Post authorities are not releasing any specific details of the death. However, the Darmstadt city police handling the case said it was a definite suicide.
Teri Viedt, the 233rd Base Support Battalion spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail message Friday that the body of a 44-year-old male was found by another guard in Annex 4493, a Pond’s office, at about 6:15 a.m. She believes the shot was fired 20 to 30 minutes before the body was found.
The guard, whose name was not released, came from Eritrea, a state in eastern Africa. German authorities said they do not provide details of suicides done in private and would not release any further information.
Pond officials were not available for comment Friday afternoon.
The Pond Security Service is a civilian contractor hired to guard gates of U.S. Army installations throughout Germany.