Murder on post
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2002 WAR COLLEGE KILLING Base officials say there's no danger to community BY MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — With a suspect under round-the-clock watch in the death of an officer's wife, U.S. Army War College officials told residents Sunday they should not fear for their safety- "I'm very confident that there is no increased danger to the Carlisle Barracks," Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany told about 100 residents of the barracks and surrounding community who turned out for a meeting with base officials. The suspect in the death of Suzanne T. Bartlett, 39, a mother of three found beaten and strangled in a stream Wednesday, was not being named arid has not been charged, officials said. "It takes quite a bit of time to complete (the investigation)," said Lt. Col. James MacNeil, a spokesman for the post, where top Army personnel go to study strategic theory and national security. Bartlett, the wife of Lt. Col. David P. Bartlett Jr., had failed to return from a walk Tuesday night. Her body was found Wednesday morning about 700 feet from her home in Letort Spring Run, a popular fishing spot. "It's a sense of loss. There's no way around it," said Lt. Col. Randy Schwallie, 40, who lives off-post but coaches a youth soccer team on a field behind the Bartletts' house. "I would say that even in the military, when you're so used to moving around so often, the community comes together more quickly in a situation like this," he said. Tracey Miller, 29, of Fairfield, Calif., had moved with her husband onto the base in 1999, about the same time as the Bartletts. The two families enjoyed dinners together and their children played together before the Millers were transferred last year, she said. Miller remembered how Suzanne Bartlett, an avid runner, would get up early to run before returning home to a post-exercise indulgence. "She loved to eat pie afterward. She loved sweets," said Miller, who had come to Carlisle for a memorial service planned on the base for Monday morning. At the request of the Bartlett family, the service will be closed to the public. David Bartlett, 46, a native of Concord, N.H., is branch chief of the operations research group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, an education program and high-technology laboratory that conducts war gaming and seminars. The Bartlett family has been moved to guest quarters on the base while the investigation continues. Bartlett, through military officials, has declined to comment on his wife's death, MacNeil said. The Army's criminal investigation division, headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va., is the lead investigative agency because the death occurred on the post. Local residents had few questions for officials. Medical staff told them that counseling was available. Security at the war college — already tight following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — has not been increased, according to Maj. Jim Peterson, the top military police officer on site. "They're just continuing to maintain that, and also to preserve the crime scene," Peterson said. The site where the body was found remains off-limits to the press and the general public. About 281 families live in quarters at the barracks and about 1,600 people, including civilian employees, work at the base during the day.