The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after a Fort Riley soldier was found dead on Interstate 70 near the base early Thursday morning.

Troopers found Pvt. Bennett Trotter, 18, of West Memphis, Arkansas, on the eastbound shoulder of the highway, just east of mile marker 302.

The Geary County Sheriff’s Office initially received a report about Trotter at 5:15 a.m. Deputies contacted KHP to respond.

Officials said they believe one or more vehicles that left the scene may have struck Trotter. Authorities described him as a pedestrian alongside the highway.

Trotter had been assigned to Fort Riley since October 2020.

“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pvt. Trotter. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Kaine, Trotter’s battalion commander.

Authorities said troopers have made several attempts to contact people who may have been involved in the incident but ask that anyone with any information on the vehicle(s) or reports of a vehicle or person involved contact KHP dispatch at 785-827-4437.

KHP closed one eastbound lane as they worked on the scene.