Fort Hood investigating death of combat engineer
AUSTIN, Texas - Fort Hood officials say they are investigating the death of a trooper.
Officials say the 1st Calvary Division lost Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz on March 13. Basaldua Ruiz was a combat engineer who had served with the division for the past 15 months.
Ft. Hood says that the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the chain of command are actively investigating the facts and circumstances of her death. It says that the chain of command is in contact with Basaldua Ruiz's family and keeping them updated, addressing any concerns, and providing them with all releasable information.
Officials have confirmed that no foul play is evident in Pvt. Basaldua Ruiz's death.
Additionally, support and resources are being provided to Basaldua Ruiz's family and those that served with her.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz, and we extend our sympathies to her father, mother, and her sister," said Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion, in a news release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. She was an exceptional teammate that will truly be missed."