Two Fort Riley soldiers found dead in separate incidents


Two Fort Riley soldiers have been found dead in separate incidents of apparent suicides.

Spc. Nathan Conley, 21, was found dead in his barracks room at the Warrior Transition Battalion on June 27, according to a press release issued by the 1st Infantry Division. His death was investigated and later determined to be suicide.

Conley joined the Army soon after graduating high school in 2008. The Battle Creek, Mich., native served in Korea as a M1 Abrams tank driver before being stationed at Fort Riley with the 1st Infantry Division. He was deployed to Iraq from November 2010 to February 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn. The Warrior Transition Battalion’s mission is to support the rehabilitation and successful transition of wounded, ill and injured soldiers back to active duty or to veteran status.

Another soldier was found dead at his apartment in Junction City on July 5. Sgt. Aaron Evilsizer, 29, was discovered by the Junction City Police Department in his apartment at approximately 10:30 a.m. according to a press release. Police announced on July 6 that the gunshot wound to Evilsizer’s head appeared to be self-inflicted but his death remains under investigation.

Evilsizer was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He enlisted in the Army in 2002 and spent seven months in South Korea where he served as a sniper instructor at Camp Casey. He was preparing for deployment to Afganistan in March 2012.