Update: No foul play suspected in Fort Bliss soldier’s death at this time


FORT BLISS, Texas — No foul play is suspected at this time in the death of a 19-year-old Fort Bliss soldier who was found unresponsive in her barracks on New Year’s Eve.

According to special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, “foul play is not suspected at this point in the investigation” of the death of Pfc. Asia M. Graham.

Army officials on Monday morning said they are still awaiting the determination of the manner of death and said that no more information will be released to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.


The circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old Fort Bliss soldier found unresponsive in her barracks on New Year’s Eve is now under investigation.

Pfc. Asia M. Graham, 19, from Cherryville, North Carolina, was found unresponsive on December 31 and was later pronounced dead by the Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services personnel.

Graham was a Human Resources specialist who’d arrived at Fort Bliss in December 2019 after joining the Army in July 2019 and completing her Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Fort Bliss was her first assigned duty station.

“The Iron Eagle team is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and teammate. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to her friends and loved ones,” said Col. Geoffrey Whittenberg, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade commander.

Graham’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

While the circumstances surrounding Pfc. Graham’s death is under investigation; Fort Bliss continues to search for Pfc. Richard Halliday, last seen on Post July 23. His disappearance was initially classified as AWOL but has since been reclassified as ‘missing.’

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