A manhunt is underway for 27-year-old Jason Earl Armstrong, who is now wanted by the FBI for the murder of his wife, 24-year-old Iris Armstrong.
Iris’ body was found on July 6 in the couple’s home on Fort Bragg, an Army base in North Carolina. According to the FBI, Iris, a soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division, had been stabbed and beaten. She had been deceased since July 1.
Armstrong was seen on a surveillance video using his wife’s debit card shortly after her death, the FBI press release said. He has ties to Columbia, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Dallas, and Amarillo, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Orange County, and Los Angeles, California.
Armstrong and Iris have two children, both of whom the FBI said are in a safe place.
The 82nd Airborne Division posted a tribute to Iris on their Facebook Page:
Today, the 82nd Airborne Division remembers an All American Soldier, Specialist Iris Armstrong, who left us too soon this weekend. While the circumstances of death at her on-post residence are under investigation, the Division mourns our loss.
Specialist Armstrong was a human resources specialist assigned to the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade. By all accounts she was a great Soldier and a great person.
Lt. Col. Jeremy St. Laurent, commander of the 189th CSSB: “Specialist Armstrong was an outstanding Soldier who was well-liked throughout the battalion and at Garrison Operations. She always had a smile on her face and her attitiude and character epitimozed what the Army looks for in our leaders. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to her Family, friends, and loved ones during this very difficult time.”
Staff Sergeant Alisa Dunn-Reid: “She was the sweetest person you could ever meet and a great Soldier. She always came to work with a smile on her face.”
The FBI has put up an award of $5,000 for info leading to Armstrong’s arrest. If you know his whereabouts or happen to see him, please call 911 or your local FBI office. Do not approach the suspect – he is considered armed and dangerous.
RIP Iris Armstrong.