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The Army is not ready to say whether Sgt. Mark D. Ackerman, 28, who was found dead in a Fort Drum barracks last Thursday, died of natural or suspicious causes.


Christopher Grey, Quantico, Va., a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division, said Wednesday that no details are being released to protect the integrity of the investigation.


"We want to get to the truth," he said.


He declined to say whether homicide or suicide is suspected.


An autopsy was conducted by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Jefferson County medical examiner. Mr. Grey said the medical examiner's final ruling is pending completion of toxicology tests, which take up to eight weeks. He could not say whether those tests are being conducted at a military lab or a civilian facility.


Sgt. Ackerman, who was with the 10th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, had an apartment in Watertown. He disappeared May 25. He was a veteran of service in Iraq.


Among survivors are his wife, Kara; his son, Christian; his parents, Bob and Judy Ackerman, a brother and grandparents.


His funeral will be Saturday in Menominee, Mich.

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