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TOM ROEDER Updated: January 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

Army investigators can now confirm that a 28-year-old soldier killed in Fort Carson barracks earlier this month had apparent stab wounds.

Secrecy still surrounds the death of Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux who died Jan. 8. The Army has made no arrests in the case and won't say whether investigators have identified a suspect or a person of interest.

Army Criminal Investigation Command Spokesman Chris Grey on Tuesday wouldn’t say what killed Fonteneaux, a food service worker with Fort Carson’s 4th Engineer Battalion. He did confirm that an autopsy has been completed.

"Understand your interest, but we are not releasing anything else at this point," Grey wrote in response to e-mailed questions. "I will let you know when we can."

Military officials were called to the barracks early Jan. 8, and arrived to find Fonteneaux dead in her room.

Barracks on post are reserved for low-ranking, unmarried enlisted troops who live in close quarters reminiscent of a college dormitory.

A Houston native, Fonteneaux joined the Army in 2009 and arrived at Fort Carson in 2010. Army records show she had not been sent to combat.

Army officials have acted like they know more than they are saying. A statement released shortly after the killing said “officials do not believe there is any further threat to the Fort Carson community.”

The Army has said no charges have been brought in the death and last week said no one has faced a detention hearing in the death, a requirement under military law when a suspect is held in the case.

No timeline has been given for release of more information on the case.

The Army released a statement about Fonteneax’s family last week.

“Family members of Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux do not wish to speak with any members of the media at this time regarding her passing,” Fort Carson said in a news release. “They request that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

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