During this assignment, he became romantically involved with Ensign Marla Finn in 2362. Finn's other lover, Walter Pierce, caught both of them in a romantic embrace and killed them both by a plasma discharge. Pierce later killed himself.
Hodges' death was noted in Starfleet files as an accident and his true fate was not revealed until 2370, when Pierce was identified as the murderer by Enterprise officers. (TNG: "Eye of the Beholder")