Foul play ‘not completely ruled out’ for the cause of deaths of two US soldiers in South Korea

Pfc. Marissa Jo Gloria, 25, a combat engineer at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, was found dead in her barracks on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Spc. Clay Welch, 20, a combat medic assigned to the base, was found dead in his room the following day. (Army)

Investigations continue into the deaths of two US Soldiers in South Korea, with “foul play” still being on the table.

PFC Marissa Jo Gloria and Specialist Clay Welch were found dead in their barracks rooms earlier this month at Camp Humphreys, a mere two days apart.

Officials report that neither Soldier had been ill.

“Initial investigation reveals these two deaths are not connected to each other and are not related to the COVID-19 virus,” CID spokesman Chris Grey reported. “At this point in both of the investigations, foul play is not suspected, but we have not completely ruled it out while we conduct thorough investigations.”

According to the Stars and Stripes, both Soldiers are members of the 2nd Infantry Division.

Gloria, a Combat Engineer, was the first to be found dead in the barracks.

“She entered active duty on January 2nd, 2019 and got her castle [Army Engineer branch insignia] pinned April 2019. It was one the proudest moments of her life,” her obituary said. “She loved the outdoors and camping, and was always in the mood for a good country song. Her laughter and smile was contagious, and her presence caring and sweet.”

Welch, a Combat Medic who formerly served with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, had recently been assigned to the 2nd ID as part of a nine-month rotation to Korea.

“Clay’s death affects every member in our formation. We are all deeply saddened by the loss,” said his battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Armstrong.

The investigation is ongoing.

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