(1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs Office)October 17, 2008
By Tammy Stables Battaglia
Free Press Staff Writer
Police in Texas are investigating the stabbing death of a 24-year-old soldier found dead in his apartment after his Fort Hood comrades reported he didn’t show up for duty.
Police from the Killeen, Texas, Police Department discovered the body of Staff Sgt. Ryan Michael Sullivan, 24, of Grand Rapids on Tuesday, according to an announcement released by the Army.
Killeen Police Captain J.W. Dunn said no weapon was found.
“We’re still trying to piece everything together,” Dunn said today, adding that police have interviewed people at the Fort Hood military base where Sullivan was stationed, along with others that knew him. “We’re still talking to a bunch of people.”
The Army said Sullivan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, where he served as a squad leader.
He joined the military in August 2002. While stationed in Iraq for 15 months for Operation Iraqi Freedom starting in 2006, he earned Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army said.
He is survived by his mother and father.
--submitted by Patti Woodard