Fort Meade officials identify soldier found dead in Laurel home

Fort Meade officials identified the man who was found dead in his Laurel home on Friday as Johnnie Sutton III, 38, a sergeant first class from Florida.

Sutton, who had served in the Army since 1994, was found in his home in the 8300 block of Frostwood Dr. around 10:30 a.m. "with obvious signs of trauma to the upper body," according to an Anne Arundel County police news release. Police are classifying his death as suspicious, and a homicide investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner's office to determine cause of death.

A Fort Meade news release said Sutton had received several awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Sutton family "will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," the release said.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is assisting Anne Arundel police in the investigation.

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