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HEIDELBERG, Germany — A V Corps soldier died Sunday evening in Wiesbaden, apparently the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head while on guard duty.

“Emergency service found two letters that make us presume it was suicide,” said Dr. Klaus Bettinger, at the German hospital in Wiesbaden where the soldier was pronounced dead. The 25-year-old soldier was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m., he said.

“It does appear to have been a suicide,” confirmed a military source familiar with the incident.

The soldier was found outside the Amelia Earhart Office Building, a small Army facility on the outskirts of Wiesbaden, according to V Corps spokesman Capt. Tom Bryant. The soldier was assigned to the corps’ 159th Medical Evacuation Company, part of the 30th Medical Brigade, stationed at Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

The soldier’s name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. He was part of a security force guarding the compound, which is home to the Amelia Earhart Playhouse and an Army Corps of Engineers office, among others.

The incident is under investigation, Bryant said.


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