ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- His last words are recorded on a voicemail left for a close friend just four days before Alphonso Doss was killed.
"I need somebody who understands, so call me back," said Doss. Just days before that, he sent a cry for help. "I've got a question to ask you. Not about you but a situation I'm dealing with, so if I can't talk to you tonight, give me a holler on another day, but I need your opinion on something," said Doss.
Doss' friend shared voicemails with Action News Thursday night. She said she never got the chance to speak with him again.
"I feel like I just missed that opportunity to see what was going on with him," said the retired Marine Corps captain.
On Feb. 12, just four days after his last message, Doss' body was found inside his room at the Astoria Hotel in Orange Park. Police have ruled it a homicide.
"I know that the area he is staying in is a very shady area, and Alphonso is very social, he'll talk to anyone," said the friend.
Doss was going through turmoil, including a pending separation with his wife and the foreclosure of his family home.
"He was confronting all of his issues and working it out, going to therapy," she said.
In August 2012 he was arrested for a DUI and that charge cost him his prestigious military career; he was being forced into early retirement.
"His military career was a huge part of his identity," said the friend. His identity is somewhat tarnished and now his death is a mystery.