Naval investigators confirmed Monday that a Marine recruit who died at the Parris Island boot camp earlier this month was the victim of a 40-foot fall inside a barracks stairwell.
The investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is still ongoing, but a spokesman told the Beaufort Gazette that Rct. Raheel Siddiqui, 20, had died from injuries he sustained in the fall. The spokesman said there were “no apparent” signs of foul play but added any more information on specifics will not be available until the investigation is finished.
Siddiqui, a Michigan native, had only been at the Marines basic training depot for less than two weeks. His family told Detroit’s WDIV-TV last week that a casualty report they’d received from the Marine Corps stated Siddiqui passed out during a March 18 drill and, when awakened by a drill instructor, got up and “ran out the back hatch of the squad bay and jumped over the ladderwell wall … falling 3 stories before landing on the ground.”
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is the boot camp for all male recruits who live east of the Mississippi River and all female recruits across the country. Approximately 20,000 start their Marine careers at the depot south of Beaufort 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.