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Fort Lee soldier found dead in barracks was 19 years old

Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 16:04:48-04

FORT LEE, Va.– Fort Lee officials identified the soldier found dead in his barracks room Friday afternoon as 19-year-old Pvt. Marcus Varela, of Pecos, New Mexico.

Varela was assigned to Echo Company, 16th Ordnance Battalion, where he was training to be a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

The soldier was discovered on the Fort Lee Army Base at 4:37 p.m., according to a Fort Lee spokesperson. No specifics about the death have been released at this time.

The cause of death remains under investigation by the Fort Lee Army Criminal Investigation Division.