Ending an affair can be messy. To avoid a messy end to an affair with a 23-year-old woman, a married U.S. Navy nuclear submarine commander came up with the novel approach of faking his own death.
Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, 43, landed in hot water after faking his own death in a bid to end an extra-marital affair. The L.A.Times reported Ward told the young Virginia woman he was separated when he met her through an online dating service. When Ward moved from Virginia to Connecticut to take command of a submarine, he ended the affair by faking his own death, sending an email from a fake co-worker claiming he had died.
According to The Day the young woman, who declined to be named, said Ward got her pregnant then claimed to be dead. She received an email from Ward's co-worker Bob, saying: "He asked me to contact you if this ever happened. I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone. We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more. I am sorry it has to be this way. He loved you very much."
The woman discovered Ward's deception when she drove to his home to pay her respects and the new owner informed her Ward was very much alive. She became ill and lost the baby.
ABC News reported the Navy has relieved Ward of his submarine command and charged him with "dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming to an officer and a gentleman, and adultery."
The Navy released a statement saying Ward was relieved of his duties "due to lack of confidence in Ward's ability to command based upon allegations of personal misconduct on the part of Ward."