Kansas Wing Member Commits Suicide

David G. Grover
David G. Grover

By Skip Munger | News of the Force

David G. Grover, 28 died on Aug 22 at his home in Salina, Kansas. Grover was born on Nov 23, 1983 in Salina and was a member of the Smoky Hill Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Police who attempted to make contact with Grover to serve an arrest warrant last Wednesday morning instead found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The arrest warrant accused Grover of sexual exploitation of a child, said Lt Scott Siemsen, criminal investigations commander with the Salina Police Department. Siemsen did not provide further information about the allegations on which the charge was based.

Police made contact with a family member, who opened the door to Grover’s home and his body was found inside, Siemsen said. Siemsen said officers at the house to serve the warrant did not hear a gunshot and believe Grover was dead before their arrival.

Grover was a student teacher at Central High School in Salina and was also a assistant trainer for the Salina South Football Team.

NOTF contacted Col Rick Franz, the Kansas Wing Commander, this morning. In a telephone interview, the colonel said that the accusations of sexual abuse against Grover had nothing to do with any CAP cadets, as far as he knows. When asked about Grover’s CAP rank and the name of his unit, Col Franz said, “National headquarters is putting out a press release, so it’s probably better if you ask them.”

Telephone messages left early this morning with the Salina Police and the CAP’s public affairs office were not returned as of press time. Also, there is still no press release shown on the CAP’s websites.

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