The autopsy, performed Sunday on 2nd Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino, 27, was conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, base spokesman J.C. Mathews said. The results are pending.
A centralized accident investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center arrived Sunday at Fort Gordon to take over the investigation into the incident. Mathews said that is standard procedure.
“Anytime there is an accident, particularly one with a fatality, the investigation team will get involved,” he said.
The body of Scardino, a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, was found about 10 p.m. Friday after he went missing during a training exercise, officials said. About 90 soldiers and the post’s Directorate of Emergency Services were involved in the search.
According to a statement from the post, Scardino had three deployments – two to Iraq in 2006 and one to Afghanistan in 2009 – after enlisting as a satellite communication systems operator. He received a direct commission to second lieutenant on Nov. 30, as a Signal officer.
Scardino was temporarily assigned to the 442nd Signal Battalion 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon for training at the time of his death.