Roman-Martinez’s head reportedly washed up on the shore about a week later, though the rest of his body has reportedly not been found. According to The Fayetteville Observer, Roman-Martinez’s eyes were reportedly missing and his hair had been removed. Roman-Martinez reportedly suffered a broken jaw, fractured cervical spine, chop wounds, and other injuries.
The medical examiner wrote in the autopsy report, "While decapitation is, in and of itself, universally fatal, the remainder of the body in this case was not available for examination, and therefore potential causes of death involving the torso and extremities cannot be excluded."
His manner of death was determined to be homicide, though "no explanation for the death of this individual or the findings at autopsy has been offered."
According to The Fayetteville Observer, the seven soldiers face charges of conspiracy and failure to disobey a direct order or regulation related to a travel ban imposed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Those charged include Spc. Juan Avila, Spc. Alex Becerra, Spc. Joshua Curry, Spc. Benjamin Sibley, Pct. Annamarie Cochell, Pfc. Samad Landrum, and Sgt. Samuel Moore.
Cochell faces charges of using LSD and two counts of disobeying a superior. Becerra faces charges of using LSD and three counts of disobeying a superior, and Landrum is charged with using LSD. Curry also faces one charge of disobeying a superior, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
WITN-TV reports 21-year-old Roman-Martinez hailed from Chino, California, and his sister said he was not the type of person to walk off from a campsite alone.
The Fayetteville Observer says Roman-Martinez joined the Army in 2016 and became a paratrooper at Fort Bragg in March 2017.