Marine Veteran, VA Doctor’s Death called Suspicious

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Marine Veteran, VA Doctor’s Death called Suspicious

The Acting Chief Surgeon at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, a Marine veteran, was found dead today, his body pulled out of the Spokane River after he was reported missing on Monday. Police are looking at the incident as “suspicious.”

Dr. John Marshall, VA doctor, Marine Combat Veteran, and Army Doctor


Dr. John Marshall, 49, left the YMCA on Monday at around 05:00 a.m. to go jogging, as was his morning routine. Surveillance cameras showed him leaving, but not returning. Normally he would be gone for about 30 minutes. His car, phone, keys, and wallet were left at the YMCA as usual.

He generally ran on what is known as the “Centennial Trail,” but since searchers were unsure of which direction he went, they felt like it was searching for a “needle in a haystack.”

He had a full agenda for the day with many patients to see…but he never showed up to work. After colleagues called his wife, she notified police at that point.

Assisted by search helicopters, and ground crews, the search went into the night. Air resources from nearby Fairchild AFB searched with thermal imaging cameras and night scanners to no avail. They could not locate the missing Marine.

Hope lost

Dr. Marshall was a combat veteran in Afghanistan, a 4th generation Marine. He took survival training, so he knew how to survive in inclement conditions. That knowledge gave his wife hope that he would be found just fine. But it was not to be.

At around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, police dive teams were called in for a water rescue. It quickly became a recovery effort when it was determined that the man was deceased.

Police are looking at this incident as “suspicious” because there were no injuries consistent with falling or jumping from the bridge near where his body was recovered.

The doctor had two small children.  The VA hospital released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn that local authorities confirmed Dr. John Marshall’s body was found this morning.  Dr. Marshall  was a fantastic surgeon who will be deeply missed.  He began his career at the VA Medical Center over five years ago.  Recently, he was serving as the Acting Chief of Surgery, a role in which he excelled.  Patients and staff alike talked regularly about his conscientious, empathetic and respectful nature.  A Marine, Army doctor, and combat Veteran, Dr. Marshall was an outstanding surgeon and consummate professional who cared about his patients and dedicated team of VA co-workers.  We express our deepest sympathies to his family and all those who were close to him.


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