12/25/2012 05:34 pm ET Updated Feb 24, 2013

Army Soldier Found Dead In Barracks On Alaska Military Base

A soldier was found dead Christmas morning in barracks on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a military base for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force located in Anchorage, Alaska.

The soldier appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, according to the three-sentence statement (PDF) from Lt. Col. William Coppernoll, a spokesman for the U.S. Army in Alaska.

The Army did not make clear whether the soldier died from a self-inflicted gunshot or homicide.

Coppernoll said the soldier's death was under investigation by the Army agency responsible for examining Army personnel deaths that occur "on-post," referring to a military installation like JBER where soldiers work, train for combat and have the option to live in subsidized, dorm-style housing.

Coppernoll said the soldier's identity and civilian home ...

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