U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information in the murder of a Fort Bragg, North Carolina, soldier who had been missing since before Memorial Day.
The partial remains of Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, were discovered after they washed ashore near North Carolina's Cape Lookout National Seashore on May 29. They were positively identified using dental records, according to a recent news release from Army CID.
The reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of any individual "responsible for the homicide" of Roman-Martinez, according to the CID release.
The 21-year-old native of Chino, California, was last seen May 22 at a campsite near Mile Marker 46 on South Core Banks, one of the islands that make up Cape Lookout shore, the release states. Roman- Martinez's friends reported him missing the evening of May 23. His phone and wallet were found at the campsite; he had last been seen wearing blue shorts and no shirt.
Roman-Martinez was a human resource specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, according to an 82nd Airborne news release.
"We are deeply saddened by Spc. Roman-Martinez's untimely passing," Lt. Col. Scotty Autin, commander of the 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, said in the release.
"He was well-liked by those who served alongside him. Spc. Roman-Martinez had a great attitude, and the tragedy of his loss is felt by all of us. Our sympathies are with his family, friends and fellow paratroopers -- especially his mother and sister who flew from California to be here."
Volunteer paratroopers from the unit were allowed to assist early on in the search-and-rescue efforts, which also involved park rangers, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Pine Knoll Shores Police Department, the 82nd's release states.
"We worked closely with the family, CID and local authorities throughout the process," Autin said. "Our priority now is to support them through the tragedy and ensure Spc. Roman-Martinez is recovered and honored in a dignified way."
Roman-Martinez entered the Army in September 2016; attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia; and was assigned as a paratrooper to Bragg in March 2017, according to the release.
His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge, it adds.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Army CID special agents at 910-396-8777, the military police desk at 910-396-1179 or submit information through https://www.p3tips.com.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law, and information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable, according to the CID release. The payout of cash rewards to military and federal employees for information leading to a conviction in the case is contingent upon the accuracy and value of information provided, and the actions taken based upon that information.
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