Evidence indicates that a soldier from the Town of Tonawanda died from an accidental fall, according to the U.S. Army. Specialist Ian Patrick Morgan was pronounced dead Sunday at the Military Hospital in Texas.
The Army says Morgan was at a party earlier in the evening, and was then found in the bottom of a barracks stairwell by fellow soldiers. A final determination has not been made and the investigation is continuing.
“At this point in the investigation, we do not suspect foul play and see no signs of foul play, although we have not completely ruled it out in order to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” said Chris Grey, the spokesperson for Army CID.
Two of his close Army friends believe that was not the case. They believe he was attacked and stabbed. According to News 4 sources, the military is saying there were no stab wounds.
His family in the Town of Tonawanda is devastated by the news. The Andersons took Morgan, once their paper boy, into their home when he was 16-years-old and treated him like a son. The Andersons helped Morgan overcome an addiction to prescription pills and gave him a new direction in life after he lost his father and his mother moved to Georgia.
The Tonawanda family says it is confused with the United States Army criminal investigation command report. They tell News 4 Senior Correspondent Rich Newberg that have talked with the two Army friends of Ian who found him on the stairwell.
According to the family, it appears to them that he did not fall off the roof, rather he may have been in a struggle. The friends say that Ian would have had to have had a ladder or crawl through a window and chin himself up to the roof, in order for him to have access to the roof.
They had been with Ian within an hour of his death and said he had only had one beer and appeared to be in a good mood. According to an investigative reporter in San Antonio, there were reports that Specialist Morgan suffered knife wounds and a large wound on his side.
According to News 4 sources, the military autopsy showed that Ian Morgan had a broken clavicle among other injuries. He was found face-down by his Army buddies, according to his family.