The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is looking into yet another questionable death of one of its Soldiers who was found dead in her Wiesbaden, Germany barracks room, unresponsive on August 9th.
According to a press release from U.S. Army Europe and Africa, Private First Class (PFC) Denisha Montgomery, 27, was discovered by her roommate on the Lucius D. Clay Kaserne base and pronounced dead on site.
Montgomery, who was assigned to the 139th Military Police Company was deployed out of Fort Stewart, Georgia and was scheduled to return home in September of this year.
The press release states, “We are saddened by the loss of Pfc. Montgomery. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Montgomery’s family, however, is more interested in answers than thoughts.
A woman claiming to be Montgomery’s aunt, Michelle Lynn Espinoza posted on Facebook that her niece’s death was not only deliberate, but a follow-up to a previous assault from which Montgomery “miraculously” escaped.
According to Espinoza’s post, Montgomery “was attacked by three members of her unit… while riding in a car.” The post alleges that two men and one woman “took her phone [and] covered her mouth and beat her.” The woman mentioned in the attack was alleged to have been Montgomery’s room mate.
The post also alleges that Montgomery intended to report the assault but wanted to wait until she re-deployed to the United States to do so.
Following these allegations, the Army released a statement saying that a “complete and thorough investigation will be conducted”.
It continued, “We take any and all accusations regarding this incident seriously and request everyone refrain from posting unsubstantiated information to social media platforms. All verified information will be distributed by U.S. Army Europe and Africa Public Affairs.”
Montgomery’s death comes only ten months after portions of the ‘I Am Vanessa Guillén’ Act was signed into law under the National Defense Authorization Act.
A GoFundMe page was created to fund a private investigation into Montgomery’s death. The page, which also claims that Montgomery’s death was no accident, stated:
“The family plans to have a full investigation of her suspicious death beyond the inquiry by the CID. We have to act and act now so we need help raising the money to pay for the investigation. The family appreciates your help & prayers, and anyway you can help us get #justiceforpfcmontgomery.”
According to the GoFundMe page, Montgomery is survived by a husband and three children.