A person of interest in being held in connection with the death of a gay sailor whose death is feared to be an anti-gay hate crime. The sailor's remains were found Tuesday in a Camp Pendleton guard shack Tuesday, military authorities said.

August Provost of Houston, Texas was found dead about 3:30AM Tuesday, said Doug Sayers, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest. Navy officials said a person of interest was being held in the brig at Miramar Marine Cops Air Station but no charges have been filed. Several sources reported that Provost was shot and burned.

Authorities said they suspect foul play, but have not ruled out other factors. An autopsy was completed Wednesday, but a cause of death will not determined until a toxicology report is completed. That might take up to 4 weeks.

Local San Diego gay activists have called for a full investigation, fearing the 29-year-old's murder was an anti-gay hate crime.

“We're definitely monitoring this, and trust and hope the military will investigate this in the professional way it should,” Nicole Murray-Ramirez, chairperson of San Diego's Human Rights Commission, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Provost's partner, Kaether Cordero, said Provost was openly gay with close service members.

“People who he was friends with, I knew that they knew,” Cordero told the paper from Houston. “He didn't care that they knew. He trusted them.”

Provost joined the Navy in March 2008, after completing three years of college, to help finance his education. He was studying to become an architectural engineer.