Military investigators have ruled that Army Staff Sgt. Heidi Ruh’s death on May 9, 2014, at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, was ruled a suicide, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said.
“Based on the totality of the investigation, to include the evaluation of evidence, death scene examination, interviews, and the final autopsy and toxicology reports conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, as well as the legal opinion, our investigation determined that (her) manner of death was suicide and the cause was an intraoral gunshot wound,” Army CID spokesman Christopher Grey told Stars and Stripes in an email.
She joined the military in January 2003 as a biomedical equipment specialist. She was assigned to 1st Medical Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, and deployed to Kosovo in January 2014 and was attached to Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East.
Ruh was 32. Her home of record was listed as Barrington, Ill. She had two sons.
According to her obituary, Ruh was born on Aug. 27, 1981, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and was the daughter of Cathi and Scott Ruh. She was a 1999 graduate of Kiel High School, Kiel, Wisconsin. She served in Afghanistan and volunteered to go to Kosovo.