Autopsy Report Reveals Grisly Details in Camping Trip Death of Fort Bragg Paratrooper

A Fort Bragg paratrooper who went missing on a camping trip with fellow soldiers in May was decapitated, according to the findings of a recently released autopsy report.

Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez, 21, from Chino, California, was a human resource specialist in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, when he disappeared during a Memorial Day weekend camping trip with friends at Cape Lookout National Seashore, CBS News reported. His partial remains washed ashore one week later, and his death was ruled a homicide.

The autopsy report, signed Nov. 4 from the Division of Forensic Pathology at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, indicates that Roman-Martinez was murdered. But examiners were not able to determine the exact cause, because the young man had been decapitated and his head was the only remains recovered.

“While decapitation is, in and of itself, universally fatal, the remainder of the body in this case was not available for examination, and therefore potential causes of death involving the torso and extremities cannot be excluded,” the report states. But it also pointed to other grisly details, such as “evidence of multiple chop injuries of the head,” and a broken jaw in at least two places. . .

[His sister] Griselda told the Army Times that when her brother disappeared, he left behind his cellphone, wallet, and “the glasses he desperately needed.” According to Griselda, there were roughly seven other soldiers on the camping trip with Roman-Martinez, but none of their names have been disclosed to the family. (Read more from “Autopsy Report Reveals Grisly Details in Camping Trip Death of Fort Bragg Paratrooper” HERE)

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