The Harker Heights Police Department has identified the victim of the death investigation as 27-year-old United States Army PFC Brandon Rosecrans, of Fort Hood, Texas.
Preliminary investigation suggests that Mr. Rosecrans died from a gunshot wound and his death is now being investigated as a murder.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan McLane and I would like to express our deepest regrets to the family and loved ones of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. The thoughts and prayers of the Soldiers of 215th Brigade Support Battalion and the Greywolf Brigade are with them during this difficult time,” said Col. Kevin Capra, Commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
Private First Class Rosecrans of Kimberling City, Missouri, first enlisted in the United States Army in May 2018. He received Advanced Individual Training as a Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer (91J) before being assigned to his first duty station in November 2018 at Fort Hood with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Rosencrans is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
The vehicle fire reported on May 18, 2020 is confirmed to belong to Mr. Rosecrans. The vehicle was a 2016 Jeep Renegade orange in color. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Harker Heights Fire Marshal.
The murder and arson investigation will run concurrently by the Harker Heights Police and Fire Departments.
The Harker Heights Police Criminal Investigation Division is asking anyone with information about this murder to contact them at 254-953-5400.
Individuals may also provide information to Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.
All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.
Harker Heights Police Department (May 2020) UPDATE: Death & Vehicle Fire Investigation- Harker Heights