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SEAL commander's death in Afghanistan an apparent suicide, military says

From Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 5:27 PM EST, Sun December 23, 2012
The Navy is investigating the apparent suicide of Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official tells CNN.
The Navy is investigating the apparent suicide of Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official tells CNN.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A senior Navy SEAL commander apparently committed suicide in Afghanistan
  • Leader was found by other military personnel when he failed to show up at appointed time
  • The death of Job W. Price is still under investigation, Defense Department says

(CNN) -- The Navy is investigating the death in Afghanistan of one of its most senior SEAL officers as an apparent suicide, a U.S. military official tells CNN.

Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died Saturday while serving as the commanding officer of SEAL Team 4, a special warfare unit based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the event, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the death remains under full investigation by the U.S. military.

The official said the family has been notified of the death and that it is being investigated as an apparent suicide. There is no indication at this time that Price was involved in any military-related investigations or controversies, the official said.

Apparently, when Price did not appear at an expected time, other military personnel went to look for him and discovered his body with an apparent gunshot wound.

As the commanding officer of the team, Price oversaw more than two dozen commandos and support staff conducting counterterrorism operations in Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, a longtime center of insurgent activity, according to a statement from the Defense Department.

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