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Investigation Underway: Midshipman Found Dead at Naval Academy


"The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen."

The Defense Department said a full investigation is underway after a Naval Academy Midshipman was found dead in his submerged car.

The car was found in a in a creek at the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday. The victim was identified on Tuesday as Max Allen, 25, of Chesterfield, Virginia,  Naval Academy officials said.

The Navy's Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is heading up the investigation into when and how Allen's SUV went into the water, which some law enforcement officials said could have happened as early as Friday. The Naval Academy said so far, it's too early to rule out any possibilities, including drug or alcohol use or slick road conditions.

Investigators said the submerged vehicle was found Sunday afternoon, according to WBAL-TV

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department's dive team discovered Allen's body underwater near the seawall hours later, the report states.

Allen was a senior oceanography major at the Naval Academy and was a member of the 1st Company within the brigade. He was also a member of the club soccer team and the Italian-American and Japanese-American clubs at the academy, according to WBAL-TV.

"The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen. It is painful to lose a member of our Naval Academy family, and as we attempt to better understand this tremendous loss, we offer our deepest condolences to Max's family, close friends, classmates and company mates during this extremely difficult time," said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller.

Watch the Defense Department's DVIDs news cast below for more information.

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