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POLICE: Fort Riley Soldier Died of Accidental Overdose

Iraq War combat veteran Army Sgt. Duriel Powell was recovering from unspecified surgery

by Associated Press
Topeka Capitol-Journal, Oct. 25, 2012

OGDEN — Riley County police say a Fort Riley soldier found dead at his off-post home accidentally overdosed on medication he was taking after surgery.

Army Sgt. Duriel Powell

Officers were called to the Ogden home of 33-year-old Army Sgt. Duriel Powell the morning of Sept. 28 after a relative found him not breathing. Emergency responders said Powell was deceased by the time they arrived.

Riley County Police Lt. Josh Kyle said Powell was taking medication while recovering from unspecified surgery. Foul play wasn’t suspected, but an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.

Officials with the 1st Infantry Division said Powell was a field artillery radar operator. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

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