HOW DID MAJ RECLA DIE? - ASKS WEST POINT
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Well, we know one thing for sure. MAJ Benjamin Recla didn't die of old age.
The well-liked instructor at West Point's Civil and Mechanical Engineering Dept. was just 34.
Police in Atlantic City, N.J. said the officer's dead body was discovered over the weekend. Cops declined to comment on what killed the 2004 West Point graduate. "Our investigation is still ongoing," detectives said.
While we have few details, and a West Point press release stressed "no foul play is suspected," there are whispers at USMA that there's more to this than meets the eye. We agree.
WHY SO FEW DETAILS RELEASED?
It is unusual that police are so tight-lipped about the exact location of where they found the body. By claiming that Recla wasn't a homicide victim, one could surmise he might have been a suicide. And if he killed himself, why would a young super-achiever like him want to suddenly end his life?
Was MAJ Recla alone when he passed on? The air of mystery around this death won't stop the rumors.
The ring-knocker served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and was one of the best helicopter pilots in the Army. Besides his West Point sheepskin, Recla earned an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.