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Cadet’s death a suicide, investigation finds

Post by Scott Fontaine on Dec. 8, 2009 at 10:50 am |
December 8, 2009 11:38 am

The death of an Army ROTC cadet participating in a night training exercise at Fort Lewis last summer has been ruled a suicide.

Daniel N. Miller, a 19-year-old ROTC member at St. Bonaventure University in New York, hanged himself in the woods of the local Army post, U.S. Army Cadet Command spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Indovina said Tuesday.

No foul play was involved, Indovina added. The Army Criminal Investigation Command conducted the investigation and has provided Miller’s family with a copy of the report.

Miller was one of about 5,000 cadets at Fort Lewis for the annual Leader Development and Assessment Course, known as Operation Warrior Forge. It occurs during the summer prior to each cadet’s graduation from college and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Army.

Miller was reported missing in the early-morning hours of July 9, during an overnight land-navigation training exercise. His body was found after a seven-hour search.

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