Family Of Dead Marine Wants Full Investigation, New Autopsy Details

The family of a Camp Lejeune Marine who died of what base officials say were self-inflicted stab wounds, wants a full investigation.

Camp Lejeune officials say autopsy results for Corporal Jonathan Tyler Burnette show the wounds were self-inflicted. The preliminary autopsy report lists the manner of death as suicide and the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the head and chest. Burnette had numerous wounds but it is believed that only one--a puncture wound to his heart--was fatal. Toxicology testing will take approximately three weeks to complete.

Camp Lejeune officials say Burnette is said to have made statements in his barracks room, during the ambulance ride to the hospital and again in the ER that his wounds were self-inflicted. The knife which caused the wounds was recovered in Burnette's room.

Burnette's father Steve says he knew his son well enough to know that he wouldn't take his own life, even if life was at times rough.

The family says in all of their conversations with the military, they were lead to believe Tyler was a crime victim

CAMP LEJEUNE RELEASE:

"Special Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are
investigating the death of a Marine at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.

Corporal Jonathan Tyler Burnette, a native of Cookeville Tennessee, was found in his barracks Wednesday afternoon.

CPL Burnette had been on duty Wednesday morning but failed to return after lunch. Other members of his unit initiated a search to locate him.

At about 1:25 Burnette was found suffering from multiple stab wounds
including wounds to his eyes. Burnette was conscious when found and was rushed to the emergency room of the Naval Hospital on Camp Lejeune.

Burnette is said to have made statements in his barracks room, during the ambulance ride to the hospital and again in the ER that his wounds were self-inflicted. The knife which caused the wounds was recovered in Burnette's room.

At approximately 4:15 Burnette died at the Naval Hospital while preparations were being made to fly him to a hospital in Wilmington.

An autopsy was conducted today at the Camp Lejeune hospital by a Forensic Pathologist from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) based in Washington. The preliminary autopsy report lists the manner of death as suicide and the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the head and chest. Burnette had numerous wounds but it is believed that only one--a puncture wound to his heart--was fatal. Toxicology testing will take approximately three weeks to complete.

The mission of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service includes
investigating all non combat-related, non medically-attended deaths in the US Navy and US Marine Corps."


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  • by marine mom Location: United States on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    to j a mairne wife, see you need to get a grip. your husband can't tell you everything what he see and what goes on behind those walls there. You need to keep an open mind.May you never walk in the shoes of these parents. So don't defend the usmc quickly.
  • by Looking for the Truth Location: Pontiac, MI on Jan 31, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    I feel like there are way too many violent crimes committed on military bases. The people are suppose to fight to preserve life, not take it. When will someone wake up and decide that it is too strange to have situations like this happening in the very place that it's residents should feel their safest. My heart goes out to his family who was left behind.
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    Let's just blame the military for everything. Get a grip on reality, people, even GOOD people kill themselves! I am so sick of people blaming the military for every little thing! You think what you want "doubtful" and we'll do the same, because oh wait the military makes that possible!
  • by Doubtful Location: Jax, nc on Jan 17, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Ok amazed reread what I posted and u r officially part of that crowd. Think what u want it wasn't suicide. That's all.
  • by amazed Location: Cookeville, tn on Jan 16, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    Whoever this "doubtful" person is... Tyler wasnt over seas when he died. and he is a saint now. and he's just as real as those defending our country. half the men i know deployed are only doing it for a paycheck and for free school. not for the love of defending but for themselves. dont skew my words, many of them are doing it for the right reason but dont generalize all of them overseas. they made the choice to join but many of them dont want to be fighting over there
  • by Doubtful Location: Jacksonville NC on Jan 16, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    Here's more stuff covered up by the military just so the small amount of stupid people understand that denial isn't going to hide the truth! Marines have beat their pregnant wives many times before killing their babies and almost killing their wives and this doesn't include the ones who actually deployed, marines and sailors have been caught growing weed at there homes, some even at base housing, raping each other, plus much more! So let's wake up people because the military isn't full of saints and angels some of them if not most are children trapped in a pretend world on base they call a life. The real saints and angels are overseas protecting us.
  • by Doubtful Location: Jacksonville NC on Jan 16, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    I knew some people in Nc are stupid but not this stupid! It's not suicide with that many wounds and if you think it is and are in that much denial then concider yourself part of the coverup or just plain stupid!
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 14, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    I think that you should keep searching for the truth and be their voices, but at the same time not call it a "cover up", because you are not getting the answers you seek? I have been in the middle of an investigation which it being against my ex-husband and it has been 4 almost 5 yrs and there still are no answers. It is never "closed" and I think it will possibly take up to a year or longer to find out the events of this one. The truth will come out as it does in every case. I mean no disrespect and I agree there shouldn't be any finger pointing until the case is "officially closed". I hope all of you who have lost a loved one in the military or not get the answers you seek, but have an open mind that they may not be what you wanna hear. My thoughts & prayers to all of you.
  • by Lindsay Location: Sparta, TN on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    I agree with Heartbroken in Cookeville...either way things are played out Tyler is gone and we cannot get him back!! Everyone is grieving and in so much pain and my heart goes out to Steve and the rest of Tyler's family. This is not necessarily a CLOSED CASE....on this website witn.com you can look in the news archives and there is another link to some more news where NCIS states that it can take up to a year to investigate and complete the case and that more than likely no furthur details will be released until it has been fully investigated. We all need to stop pointing fingers at one another and speculating and try to help each other get through this!! Just trust in God and the truth will reveal itself hopefully sooner than later!
  • by Denise Osbun Location: Kissimmee on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    We're not in denial. We're just family members who are seeking the truth and justice. And unfortunately cover ups do occur. And what's left behind are the families seeking truth and justice regardless of how long it takes and until then there is no closure.
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