Girl, 16, found dead in Fort Lewis barracks

A 16-year-old girl has died and another was in stable condition after they were found unresponsive Sunday in a barracks on Fort Lewis, Wash., according to a press release.

Emergency response personnel responded to a 911 call about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to a barracks on post. They found the girls, and one of them was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor from Madigan Army Medical Center. The other girl was taken to Madigan for treatment and she was in stable condition as of Monday evening.

The circumstances and cause of the death are under investigation by Criminal Investigation Command special agents.

The names of the girls, who are civilians, were not released. Officials cited their age, their civilian status and the ongoing investigation as reasons for not identifying them.

Leaders at Fort Lewis are monitoring the investigation and a review of installation policies and procedures is already underway, according to the press release.

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