Thursday, October 17, 2002

Soldier's body recovered

Death is third for Fort Campbell recently

The Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - The body of a Fort Campbell soldier was found late Tuesday down river from a Clarksville, Tenn., nightclub.

Two other soldiers from the post have also died in the last week in unrelated incidents, one of an apparent suicide while deployed overseas and the other in a car accident, the post said in statement.

The name of the soldier who died in an apparent drowning in the Cumberland River has not been released. The body recovered was outfitted in an Army dress uniform and had no shoes.

The soldier was last seen early Friday at Kickers nightclub.

Clarksville police found the soldier's shoes and room key behind the night club after they were notified he had not returned home, the post said.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Wednesday, said Lt. Geno Grubbs, Clarksville police spokesman.

In the overseas death, Pvt. James H. Ebbers, 19, who was assigned to the 551st Military Police Command, died Monday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the post said.

Pvt. Ebbers was deployed in the U.S. Central Command area of operations overseas, but the location was not released by Fort Campbell.

Spc. Steven A. Collier, 31, assigned to the 101st Aviation Brigade, died Saturday at Owensboro Mercy Health Center from injuries sustained Friday in a two-vehicle accident on the Pennyrile Parkway near Owensboro.

Spc. Collier, who was divorced, is survived by his 12-year-old daughter Toshia. All three deaths are under investigation.

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