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Gregory Morales, Army investigators suspect foul play in the death of a missing Fort Hood soldier whose remains were found last week.
Gregory Morales Missing
Authorities confirmed that the skeletal remains found in a field in Killeen, Texas Friday is the body of Gregory Morales, according to the Fort Hood Press Center. The 24-year-old, who changed his surname from Wedel after he got married, vanished nearly a year ago, the Center revealed.
The army release claimed Morales was last seen in August driving his car outside of Fort Hood.
Morales was last seen driving his 2018 Black KIA Rio off-post in Killeen on the night of Aug. 19, 2019, the release continued. He was driving with the temporary Texas license tags, 46190B3.
KCEN reported that Wedel’s daughter-in-law later tracked down Morales’ vehicle on Carfax after someone in the Dallas-area had tried to bring it in for an inspection.
The car has since been recovered by authorities, Fort Hood officials confirmed.
Morales was classified as AWOL when he failed to return to the base and then deserted.
Gregory Morales Found Dead
His death is now being investigated as a homicide, officials confirmed in the release.
“The First Team is saddened by the news of the passing of PV2 Gregory Morales. His life was taken too soon, and we appreciate his service to our nation,” said Major General Jeffery Broadwater, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, in the statement.
The Oklahoma native entered the Army in June 2015 as a motor transport operator, according to the Fort Hood press release. He had been assigned since November 2016 to the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
Kim Wedel, Morales’ mother, told KCEN that her son had “called and asked for some gas money” and “said he had bought a new car.”
Discharged from Svc
Fort Hood officials said Morales was “out processing from the Army and scheduled to be discharged within a couple of days” before disappearing, according to the statement posted on the Fort Hood Press Center.
Wedel said she doesn’t believe her son would have intentionally vanished knowing he was so close to being discharged, according to KCEN.
His remains were identified using dental records with the assistance of the U.S. Army Dental Corps, investigators disclosed in the statement. Autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of his death are still pending.
Army investigators are currently offering up to $25,000 to anyone with credible information about Morales’ death.