Update: Names of Victims Released, One Person of Interest in Custody Outside of New York State

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Update:

One person of interest has been taken into custody outside New York State in connection to the homicide investigation of two soldiers.  That person's name has not been released, however the names of the victims have.

Waide T. James, 20, and Diego Valbuena, 23, sustained multiple stab wounds and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.

All three persons involved are U.S. Military assigned to Fort Drum and the investigation is on-going.

 Earlier Report:

According to Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns, two men believed to be in their 20's were found dead as a result of violence in an apartment Tuesday near Evans Mills and that one person is being questioned in connection with the discovery.

During an early afternoon news conference, Burns said an unnamed employer on post called to say the two had not shown up for work in several days.

Officials went to the residence shortly before noon Tuesday and discovered the men dead.

The men were found at 28550 Fox Hollow Road, off Steinhilber Road, which is located in the Meadows Apartments complex.

Burns would not comment on the cause of the deaths or the identities of the men.

During a second news conference held at 5 p.m., Burns said the men died from the same type of injuries but refused to release the cause of death.

He declined to call the case a double homicide. He did rule out that it was a murder-suicide.

Burns would say only that it's "a death investigation".

He said police are trying to locate three to five people that may have been staying in the apartment.

Burns said one person of interest in the case was picked up for questionning Tuesday afternoon at the Salmon Run Mall.

He said a second person of interest is still at large.

Burns said he believes this is an isolated incident and that public is not in danger.

Burns would not comment as to whether the two men were Fort Drum soldiers. However, Fort Drum officials are assisting in the investigation, he said.

He said there was no evidence of robbery or forced entry.

He also said the men were roommates and soldiers who lived in the apartment with other people, some of whom may have been female.

Burns said the dead men were white and that their next of kin live outside the area.

One of the men might be Hispanic, he said.

According to Burns, the first man was found near the front door on the ground floor; the second was in a second floor bedroom.

He said the medical examiner has been called to the scene.

7 News will provide updates as they become available.

Additional information can also be found at newzjunky.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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