Girl's Barracks Death May Be Drug-Related

Victim acquainted with soldier; family IDs her on MySpace
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2009 8:16 AM CST
A 16-year-old girl that was found dead over the weekend in a barracks at nearby U.S. Army base Fort Lewis attended Lakes High School for her freshman year last year.   (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
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(Newser) – Army investigators believe the death of a 16-year-old civilian girl at a barracks on Fort Lewis was possibly drug-related. A spokesman wouldn't say what drugs may have been involved, and toxicology results aren’t expected for at least a week. The dead girl was identified by her family on her MySpace page as Leah King.

"Just so everyone knows, we have very few details about what happened to Leah," the family statement said. "But what we know, we are not supposed to share just yet." King and another 16-year-old civilian girl who was found passed out early Sunday were both acquainted with a soldier in the barracks.