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Teen's body discovered on U.S. military plane at base in Germany

Pentagon: Teen stowaway found dead on U.S. military plane in Germany

The body of a teen stowaway was found in the wheel well of a U.S. military plane in Germany on Sunday night, military officials said.

The victim, described as an "adolescent black male, possibly of African origins," was found during a routine inspection of a C-130J military aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a Defense Department spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times that the aircraft had been on a support mission in Africa and had stopped in several countries during the last few days.

It was not clear where or when the teen climbed in, and the cause of death was not immediately known, Hillman said.

"We have no way of knowing, right now, at what point the child entered the plane," she said.

The teen's body has been taken to a German medical facility for an autopsy. 

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