An Army officer found dead in August during a training exercise at Fort Gordon died of natural causes, according to an Army investigation.
Second Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino had sudden cardiac death, said Chris Grey, the chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. An investigation into his death was completed Dec. 18.
Scardino, a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, was found about 10 p.m. Aug. 8 after he went missing during a land navigation training exercise. About 90 soldiers and Fort Gordon’s Directorate of Emergency Services searched for him after he didn’t arrive at a designated location that afternoon.
After enlisting as a satellite communication systems operator, Scardino deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2009. He received a direct commission to second lieutenant on Nov. 30, 2013, as a signal officer.
Scardino, who was 27 when he died, was temporarily assigned to the 442nd Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon for training. An autopsy was performed by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.