Someone in the Pikes Peak region could possess important information involving the murder of a soldier in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.
Sgt. Anton R. Phillips, 31, was stabbed to death on the final day of 2009 on Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam. Phillips was a member of the 5th Maintenance Company, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment at the time of his death.
Phillips, from California, left behind three children. He was remembered by his fellow soldiers as a great leader.
“He rallied them to do their jobs to the best of their ability and he led by example,” said Capt. Alexis Jackson, who served with Phillips, told the Associated Press at the time of his death.
He "took care of his soldiers like family," another officer told the AP.
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) sent out a news release Thursday stating that they believe someone in the Colorado Springs area holds information critical to the murder investigation.
“We have reason to believe that someone in the Colorado Springs area knows something about the untimely death of this soldier and we are not giving up, but determined to bring those responsible to justice” CID spokesman Chris Grey said in a statement. “We strongly encourage anyone with information to contact us immediately.”
The murder took place around 8 p.m. between Phillips' living quarters and Pease Park. Investigators do not know how many people might have been involved.
The CID asks that anyone with information about this case contact the Bangram CID office via DSN at 318-481-6567/6134 or email Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil.