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Female intelligence specialist found dead at Kandahar Air Field

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Soldiers bid farewell to Major Michelle Mendes

CP Video - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 6:14 EDT

Coalition troops from Canada and around the world gathered Friday on the tarmac at Kandahar Airfield to bid a final farewell to Major Michelle Mendes. The 30-year-old soldier, who was based in Ottawa, was found dead Thursday in an accommodation room on the sprawling air base.

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — A female military intelligence specialist who was found dead in her Forces' accommodation room at Kandahar Air Field left “no goodbyes or signs,” a Canadian padre said at a ramp ceremony held for Major Michelle Mendes late Friday night.

“Her tragic death has left many of us stunned.

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