A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier’s death from injuries he suffered at his home on base last week is under investigation by military authorities, Army officials say.
A U.S. Army Alaska statement Thursday announced the death of 24-year-old Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, after his removal from life support at Providence Alaska Medical Center. His family was present.
“The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command,” officials wrote. “Details of the injuries Cetinbag sustained at his home and the cause and manner of death are not being released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”
U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson John Pennell declined to provide any further details about the case Thursday, such as who was at Cetinbag’s home on Feb. 7 when he was injured.
“Unfortunately, we’re really limited on this one,” Pennell said.
Cetinbag, originally from Morton Grove, Ill., served as an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment. He served as a Marine during a 2010 combat tour in Afghanistan, before joining the Army in January 2013 and arriving in Alaska in June of that year.