Naval Academy officials on Tuesday identified the midshipman who was found dead after apparently crashing his SUV into a creek as Max Allen, a senior from Virginia.
Allen's SUV was discovered in the water Sunday after a passerby noticed part of the post-and-chain link fence along College Creek near the Naval Academy's Nimitz Library was missing. Officials do not know when he crashed the SUV into the water and said it could have happened as early as late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Many midshipmen were away for the weekend because of Monday's holiday and the completion of exams last week. Allen was not reported as missing. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the incident, which has been described as an apparent accident.
Allen, 25, was on track to become a Naval flight officer after graduation in May. He was an oceanography major and was a member of the club soccer team, the Italian-American Club and the Japanese-American Club, according to academy officials.
Allen, from Chesterfield, Va., attended Haverford High School in Pennsylvania and studied at Virginia Tech for two years before joining the academy, officials said.
He spent part of last summer on the USS George Washington aircraft carrier for training. In a story posted online by the Navy last summer, Allen said he found it useful to see ship operations firsthand.
"We learn about these things at the academy, through our different warfare classes, but being able to see them in action is really eye-opening," he was quoted as saying.
Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller issued a statement Tuesday: "The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Midshipman Max Allen. It is painful to lose a member of our Naval Academy family, and as we attempt to better understand this tremendous loss, we offer our deepest condolences to Max's family, close friends, classmates and company mates during this extremely difficult time."