Fort Hood soldier's death linked to 'spice,' not Ebola
KILLEEN, Texas — An autopsy has concluded that synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice," was to blame for the death of a Fort Hood soldier shortly after his return from deployment to an Ebola hot zone in West Africa.
The body of Kendrick Vernell Sneed was found the morning of Jan. 13 outside an off-base apartment. Fort Hood officials say Sneed had returned the previous week from Liberia, where he helped construct an Ebola treatment camp but wasn't exposed to patients.
A hazardous-materials crew assisted at the scene and Ebola tests were given has a precaution but came back negative.
A Killeen Police Department statement Thursday says a medical examiner determined "synthetic cannabinoid intoxication" was the cause of death.
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