Who Killed Doc? 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigates
Minnesota sailor David Cedergren died in Iraq - not from combat, but while simply taking a shower.
A year-long 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation by reporter Mark Albert and photojournalist Jim O'Connell has found that commanders ignored warnings, botched investigations, and failed to protect service members on their own base - where they should have been the safest.
As a result of our stories, which first aired in May 2010, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner says it has changed the way the remains of service members killed worldwide are tracked, to ensure that families of the fallen are notified of changes to their loved one's autopsy or cause of death. In addition, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), says it now uses the Cedergren case in its training academy to illustrate the consequences of not sharing information in a death investigation.
Watch the five-part investigation, read some of the once-secret military investigative reports, see the primitive showers where David Cedergren died, and listen to our satellite interview from Baghdad, Iraq, with the captain now in charge of protecting all service members from electrocution in Iraq.
- Read investigative reports into David Cedergren's death
- Listen to Capt. Russell Hughes, who is now in charge of preventing electrocution in Iraq
- See the shower where David Cedergren died
- Read the Department of Defense Inspector General Report on 18 electrocutions in Iraq
- Listen to Rep. Betty McClollum (D-MN) question Defense Department officials about electrocution deaths, part of a series of congressional inquires.
- See where Iskandariyah, Iraq is located
- Read the transcript from Reporter Mark Albert's web chat