What Killed Soldier In Afghanistan Who Died While Skyping With His Wife?
Mark Memmott
Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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Army Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark suddenly fell forward, his wife says. She saw it happen because they were video chatting. But much mystery remains. She says she saw a bullet hole. The military says he had no injuries.

   
Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark.
Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark.
U.S. Army | AP

The mystery surrounding the death of Army Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, who collapsed on April 30 while on a Skype call from Afghanistan to his wife back in the U.S., has deepened.

Clark's wife says that after her husband was "suddenly knocked forward" she observed via the Skype video connection what looked like a bullet hole in a closet behind him.

A U.S. military official "with knowledge of the investigation," however, tells CNN that "no wounds were found on Clark's body." The cause of death is still under investigation.

In a statement, the captain's wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, says that during the Skype call "there was no sign that CPT Clark was in any discomfort, nor did he indicate any alarm. Then CPT Clark was suddenly knocked forward." It was then, she writes, that she saw what she thinks was a bullet hole.

Orellana-Clark sought help, and the Skype connection remained open, according to her statement: "After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs. Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife."

She adds that others who saw the Skype video agreed that there appeared to be a bullet hole in the closet behind her 43-year-old husband.

According to CNN, military officials have confirmed it took two hours for help to reach Clark. The response was delayed, they said, in large part because Orellana-Clark's messages were passed through several commands before reaching Clark's comrades in Tarin Kowt, north of Kandahar.

Clark, an Army nurse, "was passionate about serving our country," his sister-in-law, Mariana Barry, tells WHAM-TV in Rochester, N.Y. Clark had lived in nearby Spencerport, N.Y., his wife's hometown, in recent years and had been a volunteer firefighter there. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]



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