The Criminal Investigation Unit at Fort Leonard Wood expects to have their charges ready to file early next week against a suspect they havecustody in connection with the death of 23 year-old Myria Silva.
Public affairs specialist, Tiffany Wood, said in a press release that the CIU continues to investigate Silvas death as a homicide, and that they are working on "drafting charges against the soldier being held as a suspect."
Myria Silva was found dead on some property in Northern Webster County that held a vacant farmhouse and several outbuildings. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, allegedly told cops that he killed Silva.
Webster County authorities and the Missouri Highway Patrol turned the investigation over to the Criminal Investigation Unit at Fort Leonard Wood after it was determined that the suspect is a soldier stationed at the post.
Silva’s husband, Pfc. Benjamin (Benji) Silva, is expected to arrive from Iraq this afternoon at the Fort. He has not been provided with the detail's surrounding his wife's death and Wood said they want to give him those facts before releasing them to the public.
Funeral arrangements for Myria Silva have not been announced at this time, and Wood has asked that people respect Pfc. Silva' and the family's right to privacy during the next few days.