The Naval Criminal Investigative Service says there are “no apparent signs of foul play” in the death of Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui.
“NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations, but I can confirm that (Siddiqui’s) death is due to injuries sustained in a nearly 40 foot fall in a barracks stairwell,” NCIS spokesperson Ed Buice wrote in an email sent Monday to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. “At this point there are no apparent signs of foul play in his death."
Buice said NCIS’ investigation process “normally takes several months.”
Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, Mich., arrived at Parris Island on March 7 and died 11 days later.
His family told Detroit’s WDIV-Channel 4 on March 21 that a casualty report they’d received from the Marine Corps stated Siddiqui passed out during a drill and when awakened by a drill instructor, got up and “ran out the back hatch of the squad bay and jumped over the ladderwell wall ... falling 3 stories before landing on the ground.”
Siddiqui’s family could not be reached for comment Monday.
Siddiqui’s body arrived in Detroit on March 24, and his funeral was the following day.
Reporter Stephen Fastenau contributed to this report.