The mystery surrounding the death of US Army specialist Enrique Roman-Martinez took a horrifying turn after it was revealed that the only part of the 21-year-old parachutist’s body recovered so far is his eyeless head.
The soldier’s remains were found on a beach at Shackelford Banks in Carteret County, North Carolina. According to army investigators, the soldier’s remains were identified using dental data.
Reports from the autopsy conducted at the Brody School of Medicine say there were “multiple cuts with the intersection of the neck and cervical spine.”
The report continues, “While decapitation is lethal in itself, in this case the rest of the body was not available for investigation, and therefore possible causes of death involving the trunk and limbs cannot be ruled out.”
Roman-Martinez’s cause of death has been listed as “indeterminate murder”.
His sister Griselda Martinez said it was heartbreaking to hear the details of Roman-Martinez’s mutilation: “Why did they have to do that to him?” she said to the Fayetteville Observer. ‘He’s already gone. Why did they have to go the extra mile to do this to him? So it was very difficult for us too. “
The human resource specialist camped with seven other soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Headquarters Company, 37th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
When he went missing, he left behind his cell phone, his wallet, the T-shirt he’d been wearing and the glasses he needed all day long.
According to a transcript of an emergency call in the Army Times, the soldiers camped at Roman-Martinez last saw him at midnight, just before falling asleep.
“When we woke up he wasn’t there and we searched for him all day,” said the caller. “We were trying to find a Park Ranger or their offices or something, so we went all the way to the ferry and found we had to call 911.”
However, the young paratrooper’s family says there are inconsistencies in the soldiers’ story and that the soldiers were asked by Park Rangers to move their vehicles between Roman-Martinez’s alleged disappearance and the emergency call.
Cape Lookout National Seashore spokesman BG Horvat said it was unusual for the group not to tell the rangers they were looking for their comrade: “You should ask the members of the group why they didn’t report a missing person at the time. . “