The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is now looking into the death of a recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island last week.
In a statement released Sunday, Parris Island spokesman Capt. Greg Carroll identified the deceased recruit as 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, Michigan. Siddiqui died Friday, little more than a week after arriving at the Marines basic training base south of Beaufort. Marine Corps officials have not yet listed a cause of death for Siddiqui.
Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen has said he cannot release any more information without clearance from the military. Carroll said a full investigation would take about three weeks. The Marines, as a component of the US Navy, fall under the NCIS’s purview.
The Washington Post first reported the death over the weekend.
MCRD Parris Island is the boot camp location for all female recruits and all male recruits who live east of the Mississippi River. Approximately 20,000 recruits start their Marine careers at the depot each year.
The Marines Corps Times reports Siddiqui is the first known recruit to die at the base in a decade. 19-year-old Jason Tharp drowned during a combat water survival test in 2005. A staff sergeant was later acquitted of negligence charges in Tharp’s death. Another recruit died during a physical fitness test the following year.