ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Naval investigators and police from Pensacola to Jacksonville are investigating the mysterious death of a decorated Navy commander, whose body was found in a room at the Astoria Hotel two weeks ago.
It was only Wednesday when investigators say the mysterious circumstances surrounding 44-year-old Commander Alfonso Doss's death pointed to murder.
"It's sad that it was a former military member and a superior officer that he died," said Aviation Electricians Mate Christian McLaughlin.
McLaughlin said he didn't know Doss personally but worked at NAS Jax with the commander.
Doss was on temporary assignment, working in the Human Resources Office at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit on base.
McLaughlin said his death still hits close to home.
"When you hear something like that in the Navy, it kind of effects you," he said.
Doss has a prestigious military background, earning multiple awards and commendations during his career.
His hometown newspaper in Cleveland, Miss., profiled him for his work with detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
The paper even reported Doss's team was able to get a confession from Kalid Sheik Muhammad about masterminding the attacks of 9/11.
It's a storied career of a military officer now shrouded in a mystery that ended at the Astoria.
We did speak with someone who knew him, he didn't want to go on camera, but said Doss was a great friendly guy and his untimely death is a tragedy.