UPDATE (5:04 p.m.):  Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center medical officials confirmed the initial test results on the deceased soldier were negative for the presence of the Ebola virus.

Fort officials said the results of a more conclusive test required by the CDC are still pending.


UPDATE (2:50 p.m.): In a statement, a Killeen police spokeswoman, Carroll Smith, said officers were called to the soldier's home at 8:06 a.m., where he was found face down in front of the home.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 8:26 a.m. and ordered an autopsy to be performed. The body was taken to Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to run a test for Ebola, and  results of that test should be available by the end of the day, Smith said.

"Because of the circumstances surrounding this death, the Killeen Police Department felt it was better to err on the side of caution in the interest of public safety," she said.

The name of the deceased is being withheld, pending notification of his family.


Killeen police are investigating the death of a Fort Hood soldier, who was found dead at his Killeen residence while on emergency leave from Liberia.

The soldier, identified as a 24-year-old black male, returned from the West African country for a non-medical emergency and was self-monitoring for possible Ebola virus symptoms, according to Fort Hood officials.

He was found dead face down in his front yard about 8 this morning. He lived in the 3300 block of Cantabrian Drive, where a hazmat team was on the scene.

Up until the soldier's death this morning, there was no indication of symptoms, Fort Hood officials said.

The body was found in the front yard of the residence, officials said. An autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

As a precautionary measure, Killeen Police Department is investigating the soldier's death.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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