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Autopsy: Fort Hood soldier died by drowning, no foul play involved

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 17:51:25-04

An autopsy has determined a Fort Hood soldier who was found unresponsive near Stillhouse Hollow Lake died by drowning.

Fort Hood officials say the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences finalized its autopsy of Pvt. Mejhor Morta confirming earlier reports that his death was by drowning and no foul play was involved.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his teammates and family during this difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Jeffery Broadwater, commander, 1st Cavalry Division. “Although the results do not bring Pvt. Morta back, I hope it brings a measure of peace to the family after such a tragic and unimaginable loss.”

Officials say the unit remains committed to keeping Pvt. Morta's family informed and will continue to support the family. The unit will also continue to honor his memory.

“Mejhor brought honor, dignity and respect to our Nation,” said Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong, commander, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “He was a patriot who volunteered to serve our great country and we will always be grateful for his steadfast dedication to family, friends and fellow Soldiers. He was truly remarkable and this loss hurts all of us”.

Pvt. Morta entered the Army in September 2019, as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Mechanic, and had been assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment since May 2020.

The investigation by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department has officially been closed.