Police in Kansas investigating death of Army Infantry 1SG


An investigation is underway into the death of 46-year-old First Sgt. Patrick E. Centamore.

The chief of police in Junction City said a member of Centamore’s unit contacted them when he didn’t show up for work. Officers found Centamore in his home about five miles south of the U.S. Army installation in North Central Kansas.

There was no indication of any foul play, they said. According to WIBW, the officers discovered “no outright evidence of any cause of death.”  Preliminary toxicology reports may not be completed for another 60 days.

Centamore was the senior enlisted officer in the Big Red One’s Company G, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

According to military officials, he first arrived at Fort Riley in 2010, but was a new arrival to the battalion.

Lt. Col. Trent Upton said: “Centamore had already rapidly established himself as a professional senior non-commissioned officer who was well liked and respected by soldiers and leaders across the formation.”

Centamore, a senior maintenance supervisor, had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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