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Former Navy First Class Petty Officer, Civilian Contractor Paul Terrell, Quietly Murdered in Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 24, 2012

Editors Note:  A murder would be covered under the DBA, a suicide would not ….

Vicki Terrell  Comment left on November 7, 2010

I know for a fact the the CID in Afghanistan do not investigate all of the cases!

My husband, Paul A. Terrell, was murdered on base at Camp Phoenix on June 17, 2010 and they are trying to say that it was a suicide. It was NOT suicide! He had only been back on base for a few hours after a 2 week vacation home.

He was retired from the US Navy and on his third tour as a civilian contractor.

His passport is still missing along with his cell phone he had just called me from.

They have given me at least 5 places where his passport is and every place they say claims to not have it.

He was hung in his shop in the early hours of June 17.

When they sent me the list of evidence from the scene, the top of the list was a cigarette butt. When I told them that my husband did NOT smoke, they said they would do DNA on the cigarette.

Now they claim that the DNA matched and when they sent his things home they DID NOT send his shaving kit (obviously where I could have gotten DNA).

They waited to send everything home until he was cremated so I could not get his DNA.

Thinking I could trust the military to due a proper investigation

I WILL eventually find out what happened and clear my husband’s name, but until then there will not be any closure for myself or our 2 granddaughters that we are raising. I have contacted 2 of his friends there only to be hung up on or ignored.

It makes me wonder if they are afraid or been ordered not to talk to me.

If anyone out there knows of someone that will investigate this, please let me know.

My husband was not depressed or unhappy. He was there to serve his country and make the money to send our girls to college. We were very happily married without problems. A few hours before he had even gone jogging and told these friends about us looking for a new home in Florida on his vacation!

I ask you…Is this a man that would have committed suicide? Absolutely not…He WAS murdered!!!

4 Responses to “Former Navy First Class Petty Officer, Civilian Contractor Paul Terrell, Quietly Murdered in Afghanistan”

  1. Brian Dagit said

    20sept2005 I lost my brother Keven Dagit in Iraq. The Virginia National Guard 1173rd lead them down a deadend road. On the return trip out they came under fire. The guard left the civilian truck drivers there to die. Dead bodies can’t talk. See YouTube Preston Wheeler video of the ambush.
    I had friends in Iraq that went to Kevens hootch and saw 2 guys in there ransacking the place. MP’s were called in and locked it down. We got back a lot of his stuff. Sasha Grenner-Case was killed in that ambush too. Karen Grenner-Case got back a pair of pants n a shirt. Sasha had takin so much vids n pix that he told her to give it to the media in the states. She never got it. They took ALL the vids that would prove guilt on the military actions.
    What ever happened to your husband will take time to come out. I’m still learning about the ambush 6 years later.
    Godspeed and keep up your prayers

    • defensebaseactcomp said

      When my husband was blown up in 2003 he got back a stripped and broken laptop and all the photos from his personal camera downloaded.
      Knee jerk reaction is always to cover up the screw ups rather than take steps to see they do not happen again.
      Very sorry for your loss and the others as well.

      • Vicki Terrell said

        So sorry to hear about your husband. My husband was an inspector and his computer was also gone through and things were deleted. They always try to cover up but the truth shall prevail…

    • Vicki Terrell said

      Thank you so much for your words. I know the truth will prevail! So sorry to hear about your brother….

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