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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:08 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Victor O’Brien

Fort Hood Herald

An arrest affidavit released Friday revealed that the body of a slain Fort Hood soldier lay in his apartment for three days before police found the body.

John Anthony Valdez, 24, a Fort Hood soldier, was arrested Thursday, a suspect in the murder of Sgt. Ryan Michael Sullivan, 24, a Killeen Police Department news release stated.

According to Valdez’s arrest affidavit, a man said he found Sullivan dead Oct. 11.

The man said he stayed with Sullivan the night of Oct. 10. When he awoke the next morning, he found a man he recognized as Valdez in the apartment wearing a ski mask.

The man saw a body in the corner and asked Valdez if he killed Sullivan. The man said Valdez walked over to the body, kicked the feet and replied, “Yes,” the affidavit states.

Sullivan’s body was found Oct. 14 when Killeen police went to Sullivan’s apartment in the 3400 block of Girard Court for a welfare check. Officials from Sullivan’s unit were concerned because the soldier hadn’t reported for physical training at 6:30 a.m. or for a 9 a.m. formation.

A preliminary autopsy report released Oct. 17 indicated that Sullivan died of “multiple sharp-force injuries.” The description of injuries is typically indicative of stabbing or cutting.

Valdez was in Bell County Jail on Friday on $1 million bond for the murder charge.

Sullivan was in the 1st Cavalry Division’s Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Contact Victor O’Brien at vobrien@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468.

Amanda Kim Stairrett contributed to this article.

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