Army issues report on pregnant soldier's death

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- An Army report on the disappearance of a pregnant Fort Bragg soldier who was later found dead says the woman's unit didn't follow procedures for keeping track of newly arrived personnel.

Specialist Megan Touma (TOO'-mah) had arrived at Fort Bragg on June 12th. Her decomposing body was found in a bathtub at an off-base motel on June 21st.

Sergeant Edgar Patino was the father of Touma's unborn baby and has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police say they believe the pair were together in a motel room the day after she arrived at Fort Bragg. Records show Touma missed a formation at the base on June 16th. She also failed to hand over her personnel file containing emergency contact information.

The report says the unit's errors couldn't have prevented Touma's death. But it would have been alerted to the issue much sooner if proper procedures were followed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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