Soldier found dead at Fort Lee identified

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Fort Lee Criminal Investigation Division is working to find out what happened after a soldier at the base was found dead Friday afternoon.

Authorities from Fort Lee said that body was found Friday at 4:37 p.m. in the barracks.

The body was later identified as Pvt. Marcus Varela, 19, of Pecos, New Mexico.

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

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

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