Fort Hood investigates the death of a FOURTH soldier after body of 24-year-old is pulled from lake

FORT Hood has started an investigation into the death of a fourth soldier after the body of a 24-year-old was pulled from a lake.

Francisco Gilberto Hernandezvargas, from Woodside, New York, was recovered from the water after a boating incident on Sunday.

The soldier entered the army in May 2017 and had been assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since December 2017.

Lt. Col. Neil Armstrong said: "The Black Knight family is heartbroken by the loss of Specialist Francisco Hernandezvargas.

"Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

"Specialist Hernandezvargas served his country honorably both stateside while at Fort Hood and abroad in Korea and Romania and this tragic loss is felt by every member within our formation."

An investigation into the incident is currently underway and Fort Hood is cooperating with local authorities.

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy is set to visit Fort Hood on Wednesday and Thursday to engage with local civilian and military leadership.



Hernandezvargas is the fourth Fort Hood soldier's body to be found this year.

Mejhor Morta's body was found near a lake around 20 minutes from Fort Hood military base in Texas on July 17 near Stillhouse Lake.

Vanessa Guillen was a 20-year-old soldier who went missing in April.

Guillen was seen in the parking lot at Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters, 3rd Cavalry Regiment on the Fort Hood base, according to the US Army.

She was allegedly bludgeoned to death before her body was chopped up and encased in cement.

The discovery of Guillen's body come after another soldier's remains were found during the June search.

Police found the body of 24-year-old Pvt Gregory Scott Morales, who disappeared on August 19 2019.

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