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Missing Fort Bragg soldier was decapitated, investigators say

The young man's severed head washed ashore on May 29

Fort Bragg Sign
Welcome sign for Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
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Updated: December 8, 2020 - 10:41am

The severed head that washed ashore in North Carolina near Cape Lookout National Seashore in May has been identified as 21-year-old Enrique Roman-Martinez, a soldier from Fort Bragg.

Roman-Martinez, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, was last seen May 22. Friends reported him missing three days later, after finding his phone and wallet at a campsite. His severed head was found May 29. 

The rest of Roman-Martinez's body was not found, but medical examiners concluded that the injuries around his neck were consistent with decapitation and ruled his death a homicide. 

Special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are offering a $15,000-$25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Officials are also investigating the murders of a soldier and a veterans whose bodies were discovered in early December at a Fort Bragg, N.C., training area.