Navy Commander who interrogated 9/11 Terrorist Mastermind KSM found murdered
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NAVY COMMANDER ALPHONSO DOSS KILLED FEB 12
"IT WAS HOMICIDE," SAYS MEDICAL EXAMINER IN
INVESTIGATORS WON'T REVEAL MANNER OF DEATH
BODY FOUND IN ROOM AT ASTORIA HOTEL SUITES
NEAR JACKSONVILLE NAVAL AIR STATION
NEAR JACKSONVILLE NAVAL AIR STATION
44-year-old found dead in hotel room- February, 2014
Published On: Feb 26 2014 02:49:37 PM EST Updated On: Feb 27 2014 01:05:09 PM EST
Police are investigating the killing of a U.S. Navy commander who was found dead in a Orange Park hotel room earlier this month.
An employee of the Astoria Hotel at 150 Park Avenue found the body about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 12.
Orange Park police confirmed Wednesday the victim was of 44-year-old Alphonso Doss and that his death was a homicide. They have asked Channel 4 not to release the cause of death.
Doss, who lived in Pensacola, was on temporary duty at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Doss and his wife were separated at the time of his death, and their Southside home was placed in foreclosure last year.
"He was a very outgoing guy," said Chris Baxter, a friend. "He was really nice. He was always worried about other people."
Baxter said Doss was about to retire.
"I think he just wanted to spend more time with his daughter and to get some more alone time," Baxter said. "All my condolences go out to his family, and I'm sure it's really tough for them right now, especially his daughter."
According to Doss' hometown newspaper in Bolivar, Miss, he entered the Navy after high school, but was commissioned a naval officer in 1996 after graduating from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of North Florida. He was promoted to commander in a ceremony at NAS Jacksonville two years ago.
Doss participated in two secret counter-drug missions in the Caribbean and South America in the late 1990s. In 2006, Doss was assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he assisted in conducting assessments of suspected enemy-combatants to determine whether the detainees should be released, transferred to another facility or be recommended for continued detention at Guantanamo Bay.
It was during this tour that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted to Doss’ team that he was one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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Doss was buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with full honors in what was described as a "huge" memorial event.
Investigators won't say how he died, because of an "ongoing investigation," but one thing we do know. An autopsy reveals Navy CDR Alphonso Doss was murdered.
The 44 year-old officer was discovered slain in his bed at the Astoria Hotel Suites in Orange Park, FL, near the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, back on February 12.
Doss, a key member of the team that interrogated terrorist kingpin Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had been on temporary duty from the Naval Education and Training Center in Pensacola.
VICTIM A 27-YEAR NAVY VETERAN
Doss enlisted in the Navy in 1987 and was commissioned an ensign in 1996 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Sources within the Navy at Pensacola describe Doss as a well-liked and mostly-friendly officer who also fought "personal demons."
Ace reporter Jim Schuetter of the Florida TIMES-UNION interviewed Henry Mangini, hotel manager, who said Doss had been living alone at the Astoria Suites the past several months.
"He was a quiet, courteous man who didn't give anyone any trouble," Mangini recalled.
OFFICER'S WORLD CRUMBLED AROUND HIM
"Trouble" seemed to follow the career Naval officer.
He was picked up on a DUI in Santa Rosa County, FL in 2012. The following year, his home was foreclosed on, and then his wife of 22 years filed for divorce. Court records showed the couple have one daughter.
His last words are recorded on a voicemail left for a close friend just four days before Alphonso Doss was killed.
"I need somebody who understands, so call me back," said Doss. Just days before that, he sent a cry for help. "I've got a question to ask you. Not about you but a situation I'm dealing with, so if I can't talk to you tonight, give me a holler on another day, but I need your opinion on something," said Doss.
Doss' friend shared voicemails with Action News Thursday night. She said she never got the chance to speak with him again.
"I feel like I just missed that opportunity to see what was going on with him," said the retired Marine Corps captain.
On Feb. 12, just four days after his last message, Doss' body was found inside his room at the Astoria Hotel in Orange Park. Police have ruled it a homicide.
"I know that the area he is staying in is a very shady area, and Alphonso is very social, he'll talk to anyone," said the friend.
Doss was going through turmoil, including a pending separation with his wife and the foreclosure of his family home.
"He was confronting all of his issues and working it out, going to therapy," she said.
In August 2012 he was arrested for a DUI and that charge cost him his prestigious military career; he was being forced into early retirement.
"His military career was a huge part of his identity," said the friend. His identity is somewhat tarnished and now his death is a mystery.
Who killed Alphonso Doss? Was it a "professional hit," or did he have a dispute with a female visitor that turned deadly?
The extreme reluctance by police to discuss why they sat on releasing news of the slaying for two weeks, only plays into the rumors now sweeping the Navy community.
- Anyone with any information about Doss' death is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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