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Army offering $25K reward for information in 2009 Soldier death

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Army Sgt. Anton Phillips was found fatally stabbed on New Year’s Eve, 2009 at Forward Operating Base Methar Lam, in Afghanistan.

Now, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is looking for a “person of interest” in the Fort Irwin, Calif., area and they are willing to pay $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Investigators have reason to believe that vital details for solving the four-year old homicide are as close as the Fort Irwin community. Initially, the Army had turned to Fort Carson, Colo., for clues in the case leading to speculation that the killer is in the military.

Chris Grey, spokesman for the A.C.I.C. won’t speculate on the motive for the killing of the German-based Solider, but says authorities don’t believe that robbery was a factor.

Phillips, age 31, was an 11-year Army veteran.

Inglewood, Calif. was listed by the Department of Defense as his hometown at the time of his death.

Prior to his deployment in Afghanistan, Phillips had served one tour in Iraq.

He was assigned to the 5th Maintenance Company, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment.

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