10 Unsolved Military Cases

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Darlene Krashoc, U.S. Army

UPDATE: Army Spc. Darlene Krashoc Sexually Assaulted, Murdered, and Dumped in Parking Lot in Colorado Springs; DNA Match Leads to Arrest of Michael Whyte (March 17, 1987)

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Captain Gordon Hess, U.S. Army

Army Captain Gordon Hess Found Stabbed to Death at Fort Knox in Kentucky, Military Investigators Ruled Suicide Despite the 26 Stab Wounds to Neck & Chest Area (1998)

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Col. Philip Shue, U.S. Air Force

Air Force Col. Philip Shue Died in an Apparent Car Accident, But Autopsy Revealed Much More; Texas Judge Ruled Cause of Death as Homicide (2003)

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Pfc. LaVena Johnson, U.S. Army

Army Pfc LaVena Johnson Died of Non Combat Related Injuries in Iraq, Death Ruled Suicide But Independent Autopsy Revealed Rape & Murder (2005)

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Nonnie Dotson, U.S. Air Force

Lackland Air Force Base Nurse Nonnie Dotson Mysteriously Disappeared, Last Seen November 19th, 2006 in Littleton, Colorado While on Leave

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SrA Blanca Luna, U.S. Air Force

Cold Case: Air Force Reservist SrA Blanca Luna Discovered Stabbed to Death in Base Lodging at Sheppard AFB in Texas (2008)

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SSG Anton Phillips, U.S. Army

Army SSG Anton Phillips Found Stabbed to Death at FOB Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan; CID Offering $25,000 Reward for Information (2009)

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Katherine Morris, U.S. Army Spouse

Army Spouse Katherine Morris Found Dead in Car Near Mall; Cause of Death Initially Ruled Suicide But Further Investigation Suggests Homicide Motivated by Insurance Fraud (2012)

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Sean Wells, U.S. Army

Fort Bragg Army Soldier Sean Wells Gunned Down in Home by Two Masked Men in Fayetteville, Family Asks for Help Solving Case (2013)

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Pvt. Justin Lewis, U.S. Army

Unsolved Homicide: Fort Hood Army Pvt. Justin Lewis Shot & Killed Near Vacant Lot in Neighborhood in Killeen, Texas (2017)

CASES SOLVED BY NCIS COLD CASE SQUAD:

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Andrew Muns, U.S. Navy

Michael LeBrun Plead Guilty to Strangling Andrew Muns on the USS Cacapon After Caught Stealing $8,600 from Navy Ship’s Safe, NCIS Cold Case Squad Solves Case (1968)

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Lt Verle ‘Lee’ Hartley, U.S. Navy

Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy, Died of Arsenic Poisoning in 1982, NCIS Cold Case Squad Solved Murder 13 Years Later, Wife Pamela Plead Guilty (1982)

Related Links:
Our View: ‘Cold Case’ crimes are worth investigators’ effort
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members
A List of Soldiers Targeted & Murdered for the Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance Benefits (SGLI)
Investigators Persisted When Army Soldier Kelli Bordeaux Disappeared in North Carolina, Convicted Sex Offender Nicholas Holbert Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder (2012)

Married with Secrets Premiered ‘She Loves Me Not’ on Investigation Discovery: Army Spouse’s Adultery Leads to Coercion & Murder (December 15, 2017)

When Special Forces Major David Shannon is fatally shot in his family home, investigators wonder if his job made him a target. But a deeper inspection of his personal life reveals sordid secrets… possibly leading to his murder. -She Loves Me Not, Married with Secrets (S2,E3)

Preview: Joan wants to kill her husband, and her daughter may be the perfect hitman. -Behind the Picket Fence, Scorned: Love Kills (S1, E1)

An Army Major lay lifeless in his bed, shot twice at close range while sleeping next to his wife. Investigators would soon uncover an intricately planned murder plot involving sex parties, adultery and coercion. -Behind the Picket Fence, Scorned: Love Kills (S1, E1)

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She Loves Me Not | Married with Secrets | Investigation Discovery (S2,E3)
She Loves Me Not | Married with Secrets | Investigation Discovery (website)
She Loves Me Not | Married with Secrets | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Sex Helps Wife Plan Murder | Scorned – Love Kills (Preview)
Behind the Picket Fence | Scorned: Love Kills | Investigation Discovery (S1, E1)
Behind the Picket Fence | Scorned: Love Kills | Investigation Discovery (website)
Behind the Picket Fence | Scorned: Love Kills | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
Army Major David Shannon Fatally Shot by Step Daughter While Sleeping; Wife Joan Guilty of Conspiracy, Sentenced to Life, No Parole (July 23, 2002)
Scorned, Love Kills Premiered ‘Behind the Picket Fence’ on Investigation Discovery: Army Spouse Joan Shannon Finds the Perfect Hitman (January 21, 2012)
Scorned, Love Kills: 7 Military & Veteran Homicide Cases Featured on Investigation Discovery
Deadly Women: 30 Military and Veteran Homicide Cases Featured on Investigation Discovery

Huey, Matt Dyer’s Beloved Dog

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Huey of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fort Bragg Army soldier Matt Dyer’s dog Huey passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 16 or 17, 2017 (the exact date is unknown). Matt’s childhood friend and estranged wife, Marinna Rollins, was watching Huey for him while he was stationed in South Korea. Unfortunately, at some point Marinna and her current boyfriend, Jarren Heng, also a Fort Bragg Army soldier, decided they were going to kill Huey. The two filmed the event, it was released to the public, and went viral resulting in outrage from around the world. Less then two weeks after the news hit the airwaves and the two were charged and arrested, Marinna Rollins committed suicide. Matt Dyer is devastated by the loss of both Huey and his wife and childhood friend from Maine. Marinna was medically discharged from the Army and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, Bi-Polar, and other mental illnesses after a traumatic event in South Korea. Matt thought Huey would be good for Marinna, who was a disabled veteran and even registered Huey as an emotional support animal. Keep up with the latest developments in Jarren Heng’s animal abuse case and other news at Justice for Huey on Facebook.

Army Infantryman Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman of Fort Bragg, North Carolina Found Dead in Off Post Residence (2016)

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Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, US Army

Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, 38, US Army, of Media, Pennsylvania was found dead in his Fayetteville, North Carolina home on November 16th, 2016. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman enlisted in the Army in 1998 (18 years) and served 10 combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman was a highly decorated infantryman assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. The Army reports that civilian law enforcement are investigating the incident. Sgt. 1st Class Shanaman is one of three US Army soldiers who died stateside on November 16, 2016. Pvt. Kevin Paulino of Fort Hood and Pfc. David Winchester of Fort Bragg also died in garrison. Pfc. Winchester was found dead in his barracks at Fort Bragg and the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is investigating that incident.

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Obituary: Grant Shanaman
82nd Airborne paratrooper dies at home in North Carolina
Fort Bragg soldier who deployed 10 times dies in off-post residence
Fort Bragg paratrooper who served in Iraq, Afghanistan dies off-post, officials say
Fayetteville police investigating death of Fort Bragg soldier
Valor Fights releases statement on passing of Grant Shanaman
Security enterprise builds partnership with Liberian Army
DVIDS: SGT Richard Cole vs. SFC Grant Shanaman
Ranger Wins MCoE Pistol Title

Fort Bragg Army Soldier Sean Wells Gunned Down in Home by Two Masked Men in Fayetteville, Family Asks for Help Solving Case (2013)

Sean Wayne Wells, US Army (2013)

Sean Wells, US Army

Army Special Forces soldier Sean Wayne Wells was shot and killed in his home near Fort Bragg, North Carolina on October 7, 2013. According to the Fayetteville Observer, Sean was shot by two masked men who entered his home through an unlocked door. They forced Sean’s wife and child into another room. They left driving a white 2012 Toyota Camry. Investigators believe this murder was premeditated and not random. This homicide is under investigation by the Fayetteville Police Department. The family pleads for your help to find the two men who murdered Sean in cold blood. They believe this case is solvable. Got a tip? Crime Stoppers

Related Links:
Man Fatally Shot Inside Fayetteville Home was a Soldier
Family of Murdered Fort Bragg Soldier Appeals for Answers
Bragg soldier killed in Fayetteville home invasion; two sought
Fort Bragg soldier killed in shooting, two suspects on the run
Two men wanted for killing Fort Bragg soldier
Body of soldier slain in North Carolina arrives at Las Vegas airport
4 y/o son runs for help when Ft. Bragg Soldier killed in home invasion
Special Forces soldier shot, killed in home
Family of slain Fort Bragg soldier asks for help solving case

Civilian Investigators Persisted After Army Soldier Kelli Bordeaux Disappeared in NC; Convicted Sex Offender Nicholas Holbert Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder (April 14, 2012)

Kelli Bordeaux, US Army

Kelli Bordeaux, US Army

The cold case of missing US Army soldier Kelli Bordeaux was featured on Investigation Discovery‘s show Swamp Murders (“Murder of the Medic”). Kelli was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina when she disappeared in 2012. The Army contacted the local Fayetteville Police Department and asked them to check on her in her off-base housing because she didn’t show up for work. She was considered Absent Without Leave (AWOL) which is an arrestable offense in the military. She was not located at her home and eventually considered a missing persons case. Her family, friends, and volunteers searched tirelessly for her around the Fayetteville area. Detectives continued their investigation while private investigator David Marshburn began conducting his own investigation. After a lengthy investigation by both the Fayetteville detectives and Marshburn, it was determined that she was murdered by Nick Holbert.

Nick was supposed to give Kelli a ride home the night she went missing and was the last person to see her alive. Holbert was also a convicted sex offender listed on the sex offender registry and out on probation. As a result Holbert was a suspect in the case from the very beginning but the case stalled because the detectives didn’t have any evidence. Although Holbert was arrested and jailed for not keeping his address up to date on the sex offender registry while detectives continued to dig for evidence. Eventually they had to let him out. A couple years later in 2014, Nick finally admitted to David Marshburn that he killed Kelli. He shared that he made a sexual advance towards her and she rejected him which made him angry. She walked away. So he then struck her from behind and beat her to death. He buried her in a shallow grave behind the Froggy Bottoms in a marshy area. Thanks to the persistence of the local Fayetteville investigators and David Marshburn, Kelli’s body was found and the case was solved. Nicholas Michael Holbert was sentenced to life in prison without parole and signed away his right to appeal the sentence.

In The News:

A new photo of Kelli Bordeaux, taken just hours before she disappeared, is released. -HLN (April 26, 2012)

The remains of a Fort Bragg soldier who had been missing for more than two years were found Wednesday. WESH 2 News (May 14, 2014)

Nicholas Holbert, the man accused of killing Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux, pleaded guilty on Friday afternoon, bringing to a conclusion a three-year case of a missing young soldier. -CBS 17 (August 7, 2015)

48 Hours: “The Hunter” | Finding Kelli Bordeaux -CBS Miami (October 23, 2015)

True Crime:

When a young U.S. Army combat medic goes missing, a bounty hunter takes on his biggest case ever. -48 Hours (October 21, 2105)

Olivia Cox and Matt Henson share what they miss most about their “fearless” younger sister and how they are keeping her memory alive. -48 Hours (October 22, 2015)

David Marshburn, a bounty hunter-turned-P.I., tells “48 Hours” correspondent Troy Roberts about his mission and how he became involved in the search for Kelli Bordeaux, a missing Fort Bragg combat medic. -48 Hours (October 23, 2015)

In never-before-seen video recorded by Fayetteville Police on May 14, 2014, prime suspect Nick Holbert describes in chilling detail what happened the night Kelli Bordeaux vanished. -48 Hours (October 24, 2015)

In never-before-seen video recorded by Fayetteville,, N.C., Police on May 14, 2014, prime suspect Nick Holbert describes in chilling detail what happened the night Kelli Bordeaux vanished. -48 Hours (October 24, 2015)

Gilbert Baez was the only person to interview Nick Holbert before his arrest for the murder of the Fort Bragg soldier. Baez explains how he got the interview and what Holbert had to say. -48 Hours (October 24, 2015)

A week before she disappeared, Kelli Bordeaux and Justin Thompson went to Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C. Thompson shares his first impressions of Holbert and why he was worried about Kelli the night she vanished. -48 Hours (October 24, 2015)

Matt Henson and Olivia Cox tell “48 Hours” why they immediately suspected Nick Holbert had hurt their sister and what it was like to come face to face with him. -48 Hours (October 24, 2015)

While her husband is away, a vivacious Army Medic enjoys a night out at a dive bar near Fort Bragg, NC. But she never makes it home. And though dogs pick up her scent in a nearby swamp, her fate baffles police. Until a local PI takes up the case. -Murder of the Medic, Swamp Murders (September 30, 2015)

Related Links:
Missing Fort Bragg soldier declared dead one year after she went missing – though her body has never been found
Kelli Bordeaux, Fort Bragg Soldier’s Remains Found Near Bar
Remains of Kelli Bordeaux Found, Nicholas Holbert Charged
Nicholas Michael Holbert: Sex Offender Charged with Murder after Remains of Kelli Bordeaux Found
Suspect in missing Fort Bragg soldier’s death held without bail
Kelli Bordeaux’s mother: suspect led cops to grave
Autopsy reveals how Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux died
St. Cloud soldier died from blunt force head injuries
Bragg soldier Bordeaux died of blunt force head injuries
Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux’s remains found; suspect arrested
Additional bones recovered at Kelli Bordeaux site
Kelli Bordeaux funeral: Service set for slain St. Cloud soldier
Soldiers Pack Chapel to Honor Spc. Kelli Bordeaux
Suspect in murder of Kelli Bordeaux could face death penalty
Guilty Plea Expected in Murder of Fort Bragg Soldier Kelli Bordeaux
DA: Suspect to plead guilty in slaying of Fort Bragg soldier Kelli Bordeaux
Fayetteville man pleads guilty to killing Kelli Bordeaux
Man Charged in Fort Bragg Soldier Kelli Bordeaux’s Death Pleads Guilty
Nicholas Holbert given life in prison without parole for killing Army Spc. Kelli Bordeaux
Sex offender, 28, who murdered Fort Bragg soldier and kept her shallow grave secret for two years is sentenced to life in prison
Army Soldier Kelli Bordeaux Murdered by Sexual Predator on Sex Offender Registry List
Nicholas Holbert: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Sneak peek: The Hunter: Searching for Kelli Bordeaux
The Hunter: Searching for Kelli Bordeaux
’48 Hours’ details investigation of St. Cloud woman who vanished near Fort Bragg

Facebook: Find Kelli Bordeaux

Video Links:
New photo of Kelli Bordeaux surfaces
New photo released of Kelli Bordeaux
‘We never gave up on her,’ says Kelli Bordeaux’s sister
Bordeaux’s mom to killer: ‘You, Mr. Holbert, I hate’
48 Hours: “The Hunter” – Finding Kelli Bordeaux
Preview: The Hunter: Searching for Kelli Bordeaux
Sneak peek: The Hunter: Searching for Kelli Bordeaux
Suspect’s confession captured on police body cam [Part 1]
Suspect’s confession captured on police body cam [Part 2]
Private investigator: “Everyone is meant to be found”
Reporter on interviewing prime suspect in Kelli Bordeaux disappearance
Kelli Bordeaux’s boyfriend on meeting Nick Holbert
Kelli Bordeaux’s family speaks out about her killer
Remembering Kelli Bordeaux
Murder of the Medic | Swamp Murders | Investigation Discovery (S3,E8)
Murder of the Medic | Swamp Murders | Investigation Discovery (YouTube)
Murder of the Medic | Swamp Murders | Investigation Discovery (Prime Video)