CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The body of a pregnant Fort Bragg soldier was found in a motel room bathtub after a maintenance supervisor smelled a foul odor coming from a room with a 'Do Not Disturb' sign, according to a search warrant released Thursday.
The warrant revealed few other details about the death of Spc. Megan Lynn Touma, 23, who was found in her Fayetteville motel room Saturday.
Police have called her death suspicious. The state medical examiner's office examined her body Thursday, but toxicology results are pending and officials did not say when they would release an autopsy report.
Touma, a dental specialist, was seven months pregnant and had recently arrived from a base in Germany. She was temporarily assigned to Fort Bragg's 19th Replacement Company before reporting to a dental clinic at Fort Bragg.
Maj. Angela Funaro, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the Army is investigating why Touma wasn't reported missing. Army regulations would have required her to reported absent without leave 24 hours after missing a formation on June 16.
Touma's ex-husband, El Sayed Touma, told a Charleston, S.C., television station Wednesday that the Army told her family she was AWOL and never went to look for her.
Touma's family has declined comment from their home in Kansas.
Funaro said Thursday that Touma was never declared AWOL. She said the Army is investigating why procedures to account for personnel weren't followed.
"We will determine what the shortfall was, correct it, and adjust as necessary for the future," she said.