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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:09 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

Few details about the death of Spc. Donald James Scott Jr. were available two days after he was found dead in a Fort Hood training area.

The 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command soldier's body was found Tuesday by a post game warden in Training Area 33, at a spot off North Nolan Road, according to information from Fort Hood public affairs. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced Scott dead at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday, he said.

Why the 28-year-old soldier was in the training area is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division, but information from Nancy Bourget, the post's media relations officer, indicated that Scott was not involved in training.

Scott's cause of death is currently under investigation, as well, Bourget said Thursday afternoon.

The soldier's body was sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio for an autopsy, Potvin said.

Scott was a biomedical equipment specialist from Boyceville, Wis. He joined the Army in November 1999 and had been assigned to the 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, since December 2005.

Scott deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom in 2003. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at astair@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7547.

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