Cause of death released for intelligence soldier found dead in Pentagon parking lot

Master Sgt. Juan Paulo “JP” Bordador (Photo courtesy the Bordador family via the Storke Funeral Home.)

The investigation into an army master sergeant who was found dead in the parking lot of the Pentagon has been concluded after six months.

Master Sgt. Juan Paulo “JP” Bordador, 42, was found dead in a vehicle in the Pentagon’s north parking lot on March 14.

The investigation concluded that Bordador was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“The investigation into the tragic death of Master Sgt. Juan Paulo Ferrer Bordador by the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division was concluded July 25, 2023,” Thomas B. Hamilton III, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division told Military Times. “The investigation by Army CID and the autopsy conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner both concluded the cause of death was a contact gunshot wound to the chest, and the manner of death was suicide.”

According to his obituary, he was born in the Philippines and immigrated as a child with his family to California.

He enlisted in the Army in 2004 and was serving as an intelligence senior sergeant when he died.

His records indicate he served overseas at the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2010.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, and five Army Good Conduct Medals.

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