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Army says soldier apparently committed suicide

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A soldier found dead Monday morning in his home on Fort Richardson apparently committed suicide, the Army said Thursday.

Sgt. Thomas J. Ott, 26, a mechanic assigned to the 21st Signal Company, was found in his home's basement after his unit called asking why he had not reported for duty, the Army said.

No other details were released.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Division is continuing its probe, said Army spokesman Maj. Ben Danner. The investigation cannot be closed until autopsy results are returned in about six weeks, Danner said.

The Fort Richardson newspaper, The Alaska Post, on Friday reported that Ott had been with the 21st Signal Company since February.

''Sgt. Ott was ambitious, he was active, he played soccer on the company team, he was an excellent soldier,'' Capt. Scott Preusser, the unit's commander, told the newspaper. ''He will be sorely missed.''

The paper said Ott is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Sierra, 8, and Tabitha, 2.



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