Fort Stewart homicide: Wife of deployed soldier found dead, suspect at large


FORT STEWART, Ga. (WSAV) – A statewide manhunt is underway after the wife of a deployed soldier was found dead inside her home.

Fort Stewart Public Affairs officials say the woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was found dead inside her home on base Tuesday night. One of her relatives called military police that morning and asked them to check on her. Her husband is currently deployed.

“It’s hard to believe. And it makes you worry if there is going to be more incidents,” said long-time Hinesville resident, Jodee Adams. “Is this an isolated situation? Were their children in the home? It’s very concerning the fact that they don’t know who it was and is at-large now.” She says it’s troubling and raises concerns about their own safety as citizens.

Many on the base of Fort Stewart were surprised to hear Special Agents with the U.S. Criminal Investigation Command were investigating a homicide on base. “I haven’t seen or heard anything on it today whatsoever. So if it happened I’m sure they’re trying to keep everything quiet until they do the investigation,” said I.T. Specialist Joel Banks. “They’re not just going to let anybody on especially if something like this happened, it’s probably going to be tightened up just a little bit more.”

There are still many questions surrounding the investigation for those on base at Fort Stewart and others in Hinesville. “Being deployed, that makes you think somebody is watching. You may not feel safe. It’s going to make a lot of people not feel safe in this community right now,” Adams added.

A statewide search for the suspect is now underway. Police are asking everyone in the state to be on the lookout for a Black 2018 Honda Accord, Georgia Tag RLQ1762. They believe the driver may have information about her death.

A Fort Stewart employee said the next steps would be for the American Red Cross unit to locate and notify the husband, then fly him home.

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