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Story Last modified at 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Deaths of two soldiers remain under investigation


Spc. Michael James Carrier

Two U.S. Army soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have been found dead in the last week.

A criminal investigation detachment is looking into the May 6 death of Spc. Michael James Carrier, 24, of White Cloud, Mich. Carrier was found dead in his family quarters on post early that morning, according to a statement from U.S. Army Alaska. The cause of death remains under investigation by the post U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Detachment. Carrier was a motor transport operator assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in 2008 and completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in October 2008 before arriving at Richardson later in October. He was deployed in Afghanistan from February 2009 to February 2010.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday morning, the Army wasn't yet releasing the identity of another engineer soldier found dead in the garage of his Anchorage home on May 9. The soldier was assigned to the 23rd Engineer Company (Sapper), 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. The Anchorage Police Department was investigating the cause of the death. The name of the soldier was being withheld until completion of the notification of next of kin.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.