The soldier was identified as Brian Jorge Daniel Huanque, 24 years old and a native of Zapala, who served in the 10th Lieutenant General Racedo Mountain Infantry Regiment.
According to a statement from the Argentine Army, “the young man was found lifeless in the Unit’s powder magazine sector at the time of his guard change.”
The Criminal Secretary of the Federal Court of First Instance of Zapala, Matías Álvarez, told Télam that “the fact continues in the investigation stage and more expert reports will be carried out in the next few hours.”
Álvarez added that “the cause of death of Huanque“, who was awaiting the results of the autopsy, performed at the Judicial Morgue of Zapalawhere the body was transferred today.
The head of the Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Ignacio García Solórzano, informed a local media outlet that the discovery occurred on Sunday, when the guard post was replaced.
The head of the Regiment stated that statements were taken from the staff until six in the morning: “Everything has to be determined by a judge, for this reason we are in contact with the federal prosecutor’s office,” he added.
“For now we are waiting for the body to be released so we can move it and support the parents with the wake“, concluded García Solórzano.
For his part, Colonel Pablo Conforte, from the aforementioned regiment, informed local media that “the regiment authorities have already intervened with the federal Justice, but everything would indicate that it was suicide with the weapon with which he was exercising the function of sentinel”.
Conforte expressed that the young man “had not had any problems during his stay” in the unit and assured that the regiment “is collaborating in everything within our reach”, in turn providing all kinds of “containment to the soldier’s companions”. .
The Zapala Federal Prosecutor’s Office is involved in the event, while “administrative actions to determine the circumstances of the event” are being carried out in the regiment, according to a statement from the Argentine Army.
“The Argentine Army deeply regrets the death of the soldier, accompanies his family and friends in his grief, and prays for his eternal rest,” the official statement concluded.