Soldier found dead in Junction City

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FORT RILEY, Kansas – A soldier assigned to the 1st Infantry Division died in Junction City.

Sgt. Laird Camron Landis, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., was found dead in his home April 1.

Landis deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and to Kuwait in 2014. His home of record is Abilene. He joined the Army in February 2010 and arrived at Fort Riley in 2014. Landis was 29 years old. He is a Purple Heart recipient for his tour in Afghanistan.

“Soldiers of the ‘Dreadnaught’ battalion are saddened by the loss of Sgt. Landis,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Harris, commander of 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div. “The battalion will support Laird’s family and friends during this time of passing.”

The cause of Landis’ death remains undetermined. Local law enforcement agencies are investigating.

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