Private First Class Jake Obad-Mathis and Private First Class Melvin Jones were last seen on December 19, on post at Fort Bliss, which is located on the border of Texas and New Mexico.
They’ve been missing ever since, and now the United States Army has launched an investigation into their disappearance.
“Special agents from [CID], along with other law enforcement agencies, are aggressively investigating the whereabouts of the two missing soldiers in question, and we take this matter very seriously,” said Chris Grey, a spokesperson for the branch’s criminal investigation command told the Army Times.
The military also disclosed that the two servicemen are “first-term soldiers” who are assigned to the 1st Armored Division.
According to the Army Times and local authorities, the duo were last spotted in Jones’ black 2013 Chevrolet Camaro driving on the installation’s grounds. Interestingly, only Obad-Mathis is officially declared “AWOL”. Jones is officially on leave until an undisclosed date in January.
Melvin Jones and Jake Obad Mathis are both missing from Fort Bliss. They were last seen on Dec. 19, 2016 in a… https://t.co/HZvNGP0YpO
— Jerrie Dean (@JerrieDean) January 2, 2017
After 30 days of being missing, a soldier is considered “DFR” by the branch (Dropped From the Rolls) and is then classified as a deserter.
The U.S. Army does not actively search for deserters.
If you or someone you know has information on the whereabouts of these two soldiers — or have seen them recently — their family and love ones are urging you to call the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400.
You can also phone the Warriors Aftermath and Recovery Group at (208) 724-7123.