Fort Riley soldier found dead at Junction City residence

Fort Riley soldier Spc. Hunter Schmidtke was found unresponsive Monday in a home in Junction City and later was pronounced dead, authorities said. (2015 file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

A 25-year-old Fort Riley soldier was found dead at an off-post residence on Monday, officials with the Army base announced Wednesday morning.

 

The soldier, Spc. Hunter Schmidtke, was found unresponsive in a home in Junction City and later was pronounced dead, authorities said.

The Junction City Police Department and Fort Riley Criminal Investigation Command are investigating Schmidtke’s death.

According to Fort Riley officials, Schmidtke was an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

“The Soldiers of the ‘Iron Ranger’ battalion mourn the loss of Spc. Hunter Schmidtke,” said Lt. Col. Jon Meredith, commander of the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, in a Fort Riley-issued news release. “We will continue to fully support his family and friends during these challenging times and will honor Spc. Schmidtke’s memory and contributions to the unit.”

Schmidtke joined the Army in May 2015 and arrived at Fort Riley in June 2016.

Schmidtke’s home of record is University Place, Wash. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Schmidtke deployed to South Korea in 2016.

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