Airman died of laceration to the neck, injuring major veins


Guam – The results of airman Bradley Hale’s autopsy are in and according to Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola, whoever killed Hale cut his neck open.

Dr. Espinola says he received a copy of the autopsy report which was conducted by an Air Force forensic pathologist who ruled Hale’s death a homicide.

Dr. Espinola says the report indicates Hale died of a laceration to the neck with injuries to his carotid artery and jugular vein. Both the carotid and jugular veins are major veins that carry blood.

At the crime scene, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Spokeswoman Linda Card said there was “a lot of blood.”

The 20-year-old airman was found dead around 3 a.m. about a week ago inside base quarters of Andersen Air Force Base. He was deployed to Guam from Barksdale, Louisiana.

A suspect was in custody last week but had not been charged pending the results of the autopsy. It’s not clear if the suspect had been charged in Hale’s death.