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Mystery still surrounds local Marine’s death

Posted: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It’s been more than eight months since local United States Marine Corps Pfc. Jake William Suter died in Afghanistan, and military officials are still waiting for official word from their investigators as to how he died.

“The regiment isn’t giving us any information,” said Lt. Diane Olson, spokeswoman for the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where Suter was based.

“I’m still waiting to get word from them,” she said Friday. “I know they just got a new (assistant) and he does all the filing work.

“I’ve been trying to get the information from them and I’ve tried multiple times.”

Suter was 18 when he died in the early morning hours of May 29, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province in the northern part of Afghanistan.

He was born in American Fork, Utah, on July 31, 1991, but grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Trained as an infantry assaultman, Suter excelled rapidly and quickly earned his Eagle, Globe and Anchor Marines emblem and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 111 Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Kaneohe Bay.

Six months later, he was fighting in Afghanistan.


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