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Fort Bragg identifies bodies found in training area as master sergeant, veteran

According to Fort Bragg officials, the deaths are being investigated by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Fort Bragg has identified two bodies found in a training area on the military base Wednesday. 

The bodies of Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44, who served at Fort Bragg were found dead in the training area, according to a report from WNCN

“The loss of a Soldier is always tragic,” Lt. Col. Justin Duvall, commander of HHC, U.S. Army Special Operations Command said. “Master Sgt. Lavigne dedicated himself to the Army for 19 years and deployed multiple times in the defense of our Nation. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Lavigne enlisted in the Army in 2001. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device; Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and several other decorations.

According to Fort Bragg officials, the deaths are being investigated by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Fort Bragg said the deaths are not related to officials' unit training. A cause of death has not been released for either man. 

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