The U.S. Army and Forrest County officials apparently do not see eye to eye on what caused the death of Kentucky National Guardsman Ryan Longnecker.
Coroner Butch Benedict said Longnecker committed suicide. He signed the death certificate saying death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head probably caused by pre traumatic stress syndrome.
Despite the ruling, Army officials are still calling it an undetermined death investigation.The 19-year-old disappeared from his training unit at Camp Shelby in August of 2007. His badly decomposed body was found the following June in a wooded area at the base between two roads a few hundred yards from a building.
Longnecker's two military issued weapons were found at the scene. The soldier's unit was scheduled to leave for Iraq within a few weeks of his disappearance.
The Army has interviewed 90 people about the death and collected cigarette butts from the scene for DNA evidence.