Fort Riley soldier found dead in nearby college town identified

Specialist Phillip Cruz-Medellin, 21, who was found dead on 15 November near Fort Riley, Kansas.

A soldier of the 1st Infantry Division was found dead near Fort Riley, Kansas, according to authorities

21-year-old Specialist Phillip Cruz-Medellin’s body was discovered in the nearby town of Manhattan, Kansas, on Tuesday, according to a news release from the 1st Infantry Division.

Manhattan has more than 50,000 residents and his home to Kansas State University.

“We are all greatly saddened by the loss of Spc. Cruz-Medellin,” said Lt. Col. Russell Klauman, his battalion commander. “We are committed to helping Phillip’s family and friends in this difficult time.”

A Texas native who enlisted in 2014, Cruz-Medellin was a satellite communications systems operator-maintainer and had been with the 267th Signal Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade.

He joined the Army in October 2014 and arrived at Fort Riley in October 2015.

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Certificate of Achievement.

According to KSAL, his death is under investigation by local authorities.

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