The highly respected vice admiral responsible for naval forces in the Middle East who was found dead in his home last year took his own life, a Navy investigation found.
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who commanded U.S. 5th Fleet, was found dead in his home in Janabiya, Bahrain, on Dec. 1. His death prompted a probe from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which determined he had died by suicide.
“The timeline of events and witness statements support this conclusion,” a heavily redacted copy of the preliminary inquiry into Stearney’s death states. “… No information uncovered during the subsequent NCIS investigation, including multiple interviews and forensic analysis of VADM Stearney’s electronic devices, contradicted this finding.”