Fil-Am soldier found dead in Texas lake

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2020 02:55 AM

US Army specialist Private Mejhor Morta was found dead at  Stillhouse Hollow Lake on July 17. Picture fom Morta's Facebook

For the third time this month, a US Army soldier assigned at Fort Hood in Texas has been found dead.

This time, it's Private Mejhor Morta, a 26-year-old Filipino-American, who was discovered lifeless at Stillhouse Hollow Lake on July 17. The water reservoir is at least 5 miles southwest of Belton, Texas.

Full details of the circumstances have not yet been released. Local reports, however, cite authorities saying his cause of death was "consistent with a drowning." 

Morta, from Pensacola, Florida, joined the Army in September 2019.

It has not yet been determined if his death is connected to other two deaths, which have been considered suspicious.

Army specialist Vanessa Guillen, also based at Fort Hood, went missing more than two months ago. After a week-long search, human remains found near her former post were confirmed to be hers.

The main suspect in this case, fellow US Army specialist Aaron Robinson, committed suicide this month as police closed in on him. He was also based at Fort Hood.--With a report from Agence France-Presse