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Naval Criminal Investigative Service says late Marine’s death investigation ended in June

Judge's gavel. (Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau/U.S. Air Force)

A spokesperson for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said the investigation into a Marine’s death ended in June. However, the Marine’s mother said she was not aware of that.

Ed Buice, NCIS Public Affairs Officer, wrote in an email last week to say that Lance Cpl. Riley Schultz’s death investigation was closed in June. Buice was asked to comment after an exhumation of Schultz’s body last week at the request of Schultz’s family.

Schultz was 19 when he was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head March 15, 2019, at Camp Pendleton, a Marine base in San Diego County, Calif. While the Marine Corps said last year that a medical examiner ruled that Schultz died of suicide, Schultz’s family maintains that Schultz did not take his own life.

Schultz’s mother, Misty Schultz-McCoy said they hope a body scan of Schultz’s remains would help provide answers to how her son died. She said the family was not told that Schultz’s investigation had come to an end.

“I was never informed of that by them,” Schultz-McCoy said in a text message.

Schultz’s body was exhumed from the Loveland Burial Park and taken to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office for a Lodox scan.

Larimer County Coroner James Wilkerson said last week that the coroner’s office was “not involved in this exhumation or the investigation,” but confirmed that the scan was taking place. Wilkerson said the family was paying for the scan. An update on the results of the scan has not yet been announced.


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