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Marine accused of bullying kills herself.

A US MARINE found dead at a Zinj villa committed suicide only days after learning she was being indicted INDICTED, practice. When a man is accused by a bill of indictment preferred by a grand jury, he is said to be indicted.  in an internal investigation into vicious abuse, a new report has claimed.

First Class Petty Officer (PO) Jennifer Valdivia served as Kennel Master at the Military Working Dog (MWD MWD Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
MWD Measurement While Drilling (oil drilling)
MWD Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (stock symbol)
MWD Molecular Weight Distribution
MWD Military Working Dog
) Unit at the US Base in Juffair from 2004 until her death in January 2007.

Ms Valdivia - then 27 - had been awarded the Naval Support Activity (NSA NSA
National Security Agency

Noun 1. NSA - the United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign
) Bahrain's 2005 Sailor of the Year award and was ranked as the number one First Class PO during annual performance evaluations Performance evaluation

The assessment of a manager's results, which involves, first, determining whether the money manager added value by outperforming the established benchmark (performance measurement) and, second, determining how the money manager achieved the calculated return

However, new evidence contained within an internal US Navy report released on Tuesday suggests that Ms Valdivia had been relieved of her duties just days before her death after a number of sailors alleged that there was widespread hazing in her unit.

The 14-page report was released on American website on Tuesday, following the release of an earlier internal inquiry into alleged hazing within the unit on the base.

Dated May 29, 2007, the report explained that a 90-day investigation into Ms Valdivia's death had been co-ordinated after three extensions had been granted due to difficulties in obtaining witness interviews.

It noted that on September 26, 2006, the NSA's commanding officer directed an investigation into allegations arising from a disciplinary case, which involved a member of the MWD kennel.

"Sometime between October and November 2006, Ms Valdivia's chain of command believed that she was generally aware of the command investigation into the MWD Kennel since it was common knowledge," the report read.

"She was formally informed of the investigation when she, along with all other members of her unit, was assembled together for questioning. She walked out of her interview and appeared to be very upset. she stated that 'they're accusing me'."

She was later informed that as she was not the most senior person involved in the allegations, she would not bear responsibility for what happens in command.

The report claimed that Ms Valdivia made known to her chain of command that she intended to leave the Naval Service The Naval Service is the naval branch of the British Armed Forces, which includes civilian agencies under the control of the Navy Board. According to the Queen's Regulations for the Royal Navy, it consists of:
  • the Royal Navy
  • the Royal Marines
 in December 2006.

Late that month, the hazing investigation was completed and submitted and command discussed relieving Ms Valdivia from her duties as oshe was significantly implicated im·pli·cate  
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.

 in the command investigation'.

Subsequently, Ms Valdivia was told on January 11, 2007 that she had been placed on administrative legal hold, relieved of her duties and was not permitted to transfer, depart on leave, or separate from the Navy without command approval.

Ms Valdivia reacted to the news with what was described as a "slight jolt" but did not raise her voice, cry or appear unduly upset.

The next day on January 12 - after driving a friend who had visited from the US to the airport - she returned home and performed internet searches on 'suicide methods', 'carbon monoxide suicide involving motor vehicles' and 'charcoal grills'.

Ms Valdivia then went to the Navy Exchange and purchased one bottle of vodka, one bag of charcoal, a Weber fire starter kit and a charcoal grill. The last person to see her alive was a colleague who she went to exchange Christmas gifts with following her visit to the exchange. "On January 15, 2007, Ms Valdivia failed to report to work and was mustered in an unauthorised absence status," the report said.

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 (NCIS NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service
NCIS National Coroners Information System (Australia)
NCIS Nebraska Career Information System
NCIS National Crime Intelligence Service
NCIS National Coalition of Independent Scholars
) conducted a preliminary search of Ms Valdivia's villa in Zinj, but revealed no indications of foul play foul play
Unfair or treacherous action, especially when involving violence.

foul play

1. violent activity esp. murder


Ms Valdivia was found dead the following day in an external building attached to her residence, face down on the floor with a blanket over her head.

A grill containing burnt remnants of charcoal was located in one corner of the room and a 'suicide diary' was found nearby.

"Medical notification of the cause of death by the Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Health is cardiopulmonary cardiopulmonary /car·dio·pul·mo·nary/ (kahr?de-o-pool´mah-nar-e) pertaining to the heart and lungs.

Of, relating to, or involving both the heart and the lungs.
 failure and autopsy determined the cause of death was suicide," the report concluded.

Ms Valdivia served in the same unit as Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha, who allegedly suffered from hazing due to his sexual orientation sexual orientation
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces.

Mr Rocha left the US Navy in 2007, after he told his commander he was gay, in violation of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

He was subsequently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental disorder that follows an occurrence of extreme psychological stress, such as that encountered in war or resulting from violence, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, or serious accident.  due to the abuse encountered at the US Base in Juffair.

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