FAYETTEVILLE — The investigation into the murder of a U.S. Army paratrooper at Cape Lookout National Seashore in late May is about to enter its fourth month, and there’s no “releasable” information, according to the Army.
Officials found the partial remains of U.S. Army Specialist Enrique Roman-Martinez on Shackleford Banks May 29, six days after he reportedly went missing from a campsite where he had been staying with others near mile marker 46 on South Core Banks.
The Army has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder.
“We'll continue our pursuit of justice for SPC Roman-Martinez,” Lt. Col. Michael Burns, public affairs officer for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, said in an email Tuesday. “We remain in close contact with the family and we're providing them updates on a regular basis.”
He said he couldn’t speak to how much longer the investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command would last.
Cape Lookout Superintendent Jeff West confirmed May 31 park rangers had the found remains, which they turned over to the state medical examiner’s office in Raleigh for identification. Officials identified the remains using SPC Roman-Martinez’ dental records. The News-Times has requested a copy of the medical examiner’s report.
SPC Roman-Martinez, stationed at Ft. Bragg, was reportedlylast seen just after midnight May 22 at the campsite. He allegedly walked away wearing shorts and no shirt and carrying no supplies, without telling anyone where he was going, according Mr. West and Army officials.His wallet and phone were found at the campsite.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Army CID special agents at 910-396-8777. Persons who wish to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law, and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable.
Those with information can also contact local law enforcement or submit it online at p3tips.com/community/index.htm.
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