It is believed that a crime was committed in two deaths on Wednesday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, one of the largest military facilities in the world where members of the army train and are deployed. These are the fourth and fifth deaths this year that occurred at or near the base.
The two persons discovered on Wednesday were 44-year-old Master Sergeant William J. Lavigne II, who was assigned to HQ and HQ Company and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and 37-year-old Army veteran Timothy Dumas. Their bodies were found Wednesday afternoon at a training area without a weapon at the scene, according to ABC 11 WTVD reporter Akilah Davis.
Both were reportedly not killed during a military training exercise, USA Today reports. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said the investigation was underway.
Defense officials have not yet released further information.
The 172,000-acre base near Fayetteville, North Carolina, is home to some 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members, according to the Associated Press.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.