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Investigators won't say how he died, because of an "ongoing investigation," but one thing we do know. An autopsy reveals Navy CDR Alphonso Doss was murdered.
The 44 year-old officer was discovered slain in his bed at the Astoria Hotel Suites in Orange Park, FL, near the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, back on February 12.
Doss, a key member of the team that interrogated terrorist kingpin Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had been on temporary duty from the Naval Education and Training Center in Pensacola.
VICTIM A 27-YEAR NAVY VETERAN
Doss enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and was commissioned an ensign in 1996 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Sources within the Navy at Pensacola describe Doss as a well-liked and mostly-friendly officer who also fought "personal demons."
Ace reporter Jim Schuetter of the Florida TIMES-UNION interviewed Henry Mangini, hotel manager, who said Doss had been living alone at the Astoria Suites the past several months.
"He was a quiet, courteous man who didn't give anyone any trouble," Mangini recalled.
OFFICER'S WORLD CRUMBLED AROUND HIM
But "trouble" seemed to follow the career Naval officer.
He was picked up on a DUI in Santa Rosa County, FL in 2012. The following year, his home was foreclosed on, and then his wife of 22 years filed for divorce. Court records showed the couple have one daughter.
Who killed Alphonso Doss? Was it a "professional hit," or did he have a dispute with a female visitor that turned deadly?
The extreme reluctance by cops to discuss why they sat on releasing news of the slaying for two weeks, only plays into the rumors now sweeping the Navy community.