Gazette: Army Recruiter in Germantown Murder-Suicide Was Already Under Investigation

The circumstances behind his marriage might have violated Army policy, an Army spokeswoman told The Gazette.

The U.S. Army staff sergeant involved in the Germantown murder-suicide was already under investigation for marrying a former recruit, an Army spokeswoman told The Gazette.

An investigation of Staff Sgt. Adam Ardnt began in March after discovering Ardnt had married Kaitlyn Amy Schum Ardnt, who was recruited at the Army recruiting center in Gaithersburg, The Gazette reports.

Recruiters are not supposed to have personal relationships with recruits.

On April 8, Montgomery County police found the bodies of Adam Ardnt and 17-year-old Michelle Miller in the Army staff sergeant’s Germantown home. Miller, a senior at Rockville High School, had enlisted in the Army Reserve, Patch has reported.

The deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

A private mass for Miller was held Tuesday morning at t St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.

According to The Gazette’s account—which is posted at online at Gazette.net—the local investigation has been folded into an internal review of the Future Soldier program.

Last week, a Montgomery County police spokesman told WTOP that police were reaching out to other young women who might have come into contact with Ardnt:

"One of the possibilities they're looking at is what other type of contact Arndt had with other young men or women who were in the process of entering the Army Reserves," says Capt. Paul Starks with the Montgomery County Police Department.


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