Irish American army nurse died in Afghanistan while Skyping his wife
Wife convinced her husband was shot while investigators believe there was “no foul play”
Army investigators have said Captain Bruce Kevin Clark, a US Army nurse, had no bullet wound in his body when he died on 1st May. However, his wife insists that she saw the bullet hole in the cupboard behind her husband after she watched him fall during a Skype call.
Susan Oreallana-Clark was speaking to her husband via Skype, while he was at his base, north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, when her husband collapsed.
Although the cause of her husband’s death is still under investigation, for now, the US Army has ruled out a gun wound.
Chris Grey, the Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman, said, “Although the investigation into his death is open and ongoing by Special Agents from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, we can positively say that Captain Clark was not shot.”
"Agents conducting the investigation found no trauma to the body beyond minor abrasions and a possible broken nose most likely caused from Captain Clark striking his face on his desk when he collapsed…We do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation," he said.
In a statement released by the Clark family on Sunday they said his wife had seen the bullet hole. A member of the military who came to the home had also said there was a bullet hole behind Captain Clark.
The video link between the two stayed open for two hours. Those in the United States and Afghanistan tried to get him help.
The statement said, “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.”
Orellana-Clark said she was releasing details "to honour my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties".
Speaking to the AP, a family spokesperson said the Army had not officially informed the family of their new findings.
Captain Clark’s body was returned to the United States last week.
His family described him as a “model father, husband, family member, US Army Chief Nurse, and American citizen.”
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged three and nine.
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