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Army turns to public to help solve 2009 murder
FORT IRWIN • The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is asking for the public’s help to solve the three-year-old murder case of a solider in Afghanistan and is offering a $25,000 reward to help nab the suspect.
Investigators believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have information about the murder of Sgt. Anton R. Phillips at Forward Operating Base Mehter Lam in Afghanistan in 2009.
“I can tell you that during the course of our investigation, we uncovered information that leads us to believe that someone in the Fort Irwin area has information that is critical to this homicide investigation,” Army CID spokesman Chris Grey said. “Due to the ongoing case, I cannot get any more specific at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
When reached by phone Wednesday, Fort Irwin spokeswoman Pamela Portland said she could not comment on the investigation.
Phillips — who was assigned to the 5th Maintenance Company, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment — was killed while serving at the base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Dec. 31, 2009, according to a release from the CID.
Grey said Phillips, who was deployed from his home station on a U.S. Army post in Germany, was stabbed to death. Grey does not believe robbery was a motive. According to the release, Phillips was stabbed at approximately 8 p.m. as he walked between a park at the base and his living quarters.
“We are not giving up,” Grey said. “(We’re) determined to bring those responsible to justice. We strongly encourage anyone with information to contact us immediately.”
According to the release, Army CID is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect.
Anyone with information about Phillips’ murder is asked to call the Bagram CID Office at 318-481-6567 ext. 6134 or email the CID crime tips at Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil. Those wishing to remain anonymous will be honored to the degree allowable under the law and the information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable, the release states.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.