FORT LEWIS, Wash. – Fort Lewis officials are working closely with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the apparent murder of a married Army couple, both Soldiers assigned here, and the brief kidnapping of their six-month-old child.
The child, who was not harmed, is now in the care of the state’s Child Protective Services agency. The names of the victims are being withheld until their families are notified.
Fort Lewis turned over custody of a suspect to Pierce County authorities Sunday evening. The suspect, Specialist Ivette Davila, is a Soldier in Fort Lewis’ Headquarters and Headquarters Company I Corps. Davila is 22 years old and a member of the Fort Lewis ceremonial color guard.
The I Corps Headquarters is deployed for a training exercise. The I Corps and Fort Lewis Commanding General, Lieutenant General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., said the following after news of the couple’s death reached him in Korea:
“This is a tragic situation for all concerned. The entire Fort Lewis community grieves for this family’s loved ones and friends. We pledge our support to them in this time of tragedy. We will do everything possible to assist local authorities in this joint investigation.
“Clearly, we’re concerned about the welfare of the child, but we’re gratified to know that she is in the care of the state’s Child Protective Services. Our Army Criminal Investigation Command will continue to work closely with Pierce County law enforcement.”
RELATED ITEM: Read a March 5, 2008 New Tribune story that profiles the couple.