Death of Maine Marine in Arizona ruled a suicide

Posted May 17, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.
Last modified May 18, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.

YUMA, Ariz. — Authorities say a U.S. Marine from Maine found dead in a southwest Arizona irrigation canal two months ago committed suicide.

Yuma police say 22-year-old Cpl. Joshua Barron had a gunshot wound to the head and their investigation determined it was self-inflicted.

Barron’s civilian-clothed body was discovered March 21. He was reporting missing five days earlier when he failed to show up for work.

Barron was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, where he was a Harrier jet mechanic and lived off base.

An autopsy by the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

Yuma police worked on the case with the U.S. Marine Corps, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Maine.

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