Pregnant Servicewoman's Death Near North Carolina Base Called Suspicious

Police are calling a pregnant soldier's death "suspicious" after officials found her body Sunday at a Fayetteville, N.C., motel just days after she arrived at Fort Bragg from Germany.

Spc. Megan Lynn Touma was identified Tuesday, two days after her body was found in a motel room when guests complained of a foul odor. The 23-year-old dental specialist with the 19th Replacement Company was from Cold Spring, Ky., and was born in Seoul, South Korea.

The Fayetteville Police Department called the death suspicious. Police told FOX affiliate WRAL-TV it appeared Touma had been dead for a couple of days and the condition of her body made it difficult to determine the cause of death.

The state medical examiner has completed an autopsy on Touma, FOX News has learned, but results have not been released yet to authorities.

"We're shocked, first and foremost," said Maj. Angela Funaro, a spokeswoman at Fort Bragg, at a press conference Wednesday. "It's always sad when you lose a soldier and on top of that, here's a beautiful young woman; she was seven months pregnant. It's just sad and deeply troubling.

"We want to find out what happened to her, and we want to make sure that we and her family get all the answers that we can to find out what happened here," Funaro continued.

WKRC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Cincinnati, reported that Touma was married. WKRC reported Touma's maiden name as Heine, and her brother Brad Heine's MySpace page featured a tribute to his sister.

"At this time she's single," Funaro said, adding Touma divorced her husband in 2007.

Touma had just arrived at Fort Bragg on June 12 after spending three years assigned to the U.S. Army Dental Activity Clinic Bavaria in Bamberg, Germany.

She had opted to live off base while she was settling in to her new assignment at Fort Bragg, Funaro said.

"We want to convey the pride we feel in the job Spc. Megan Touma was doing serving our country," members of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg command group told the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in a written statement. "The loss of Spc. Touma is very tragic and our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the loved ones she leaves behind."

Funaro said she hadn't verified reports Touma had requested Fort Bragg as an assignment.

Touma was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, according to the paper.

Touma is the second pregnant service member to die in North Carolina this year. Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach was found dead near Camp Lejeune in January. A fellow Marine, Cpl. Cesar Laurean, has been charged in her death and is awaiting extradition from Mexico.

Military officials said they didn't know if Touma had filed any complaints against anyone at her last post or here.

"We have no knowledge that she had any complaints or filed any complaints at her previous assignments, and she only got here on the 12th of June so it's hard to imagine that she had any here," Funaro said.

A private memorial service for Touma will be held Friday at Hope Chapel.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.