FORT LEWIS — The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is seeking information that may assist in their investigation of the death of a civilian man in the post’s training area last week.
Vong Lam of Tacoma, Wash., was found dead in the western area of the post’s training area Wednesday evening. Following an autopsy by officials from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on October 18 performed at Madigan Army Medical Center, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command agents are continuing their inquiry into Lam’s death. The preliminary cause of death is gunshot wound.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Fort Lewis Emergency Coordination Center was notified by family members that a 56-year-old Tacoma man (Mr. Lam) was missing and last heard from at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 13. The family believed Lam could be missing somewhere on Fort Lewis. Fort Lewis Military Police immediately began searching for the man throughout the night Tuesday and continued into Wednesday.
Lam’s truck was located in Fort Lewis’ Training Area 4 at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The search by military police was concentrated in that area.
As the search progressed the number of searchers increased, and included more than 150 military policemen, seven K-9 (police dog) teams both military and civilian, Pierce County Search and Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue and Thurston County Search and Rescue.
Lam’s body was found by search and rescue personnel shortly before 6 p.m., Oct. 15.
Persons with any information regarding this case should contact the Fort Lewis CID office at (253) 967-3151, or email CID at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests to remain anonymous will be honored, and information will be held in the strictest confidence allowable under the law.
For more information, contact the Fort Lewis Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0147 or 0152.