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UPDATE: Soldier found dead in Killeen identified; tested negative for Ebola

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - UPDATE: Fort Hood officials have identified the soldier found dead Tuesday morning in Killeen as Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24.

Spc. Sneed, whose home of record is listed as Bossier City, Louisiana, was assigned to 62nd Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since June 2012 after entering active-duty service in June 2009.

He recently returned from deployment in West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Carl. R. Darnall Medical Center officials say tests came back negative for the presence of Ebola in Sneed's body.

This incident is still under investigation by the Killeen Police Department.


UPDATE: Carl. R. Darnall Medical Center officials confirmed the second and more conclusive test results are negative for the presence of Ebola in the soldier who was found dead in Killeen Tuesday. He recently returned from deployment in West Africa.

Officials have notified national, state, and local officials that there is no public threat of exposure to the Ebola virus to community or law enforcement investigating the death of the 24-year-old Fort Hood soldier.

The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this case. KPD said there are no signs of foul play thus far. 


UPDATE: Carl R. Darnall Medical Center medical officials confirmed the initial test results are negative for the presence of Ebola in the soldier who was found dead in Killeen Tuesday after recently returning from deployment in West Africa.

The more conclusive PCR Assay test, which is required by the Center for Disease Control, is underway and results will be released when the tests are complete.


Authorities are investigating and hazmat crews were called to the scene after the body of a soldier who just returned from deployment in West Africa was found Tuesday morning in Killeen.

The body was found in a home in the 3300 block of Cantabrian Dr. after police were called just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. A Fort Hood official on scene confirmed the body found was a soldier who had just returned from deployment in West Africa.

Responding officers found the body of the 24-year-old man lying face down in front of his home. The name of the man is being withheld until next of kin have been notified.

Killeen hazmat crews were called out as a precaution. According to Killeen PD spokesperson Carroll Smith, the body has been taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to test for Ebola and those results should be in later on Tuesday.

Medical officials confirmed the initial test results are negative for the presence of Ebola.

Army spokesperson Col. Alayne Conway says the Army "doesn't have an indication the soldier died of Ebola," but they are running tests to make sure there is no threat to the community.

The soldier was in Liberia and redeployed in early January. He was home on "emergency leave for family, non-medical reasons" and was self-monitoring himself at home after having his temperature taken before leaving Liberia.

Killeen PD is working with Fort Hood to investigate.
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