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Authorities search for two Fort Bliss soldiers missing

January 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities search for two Fort Bliss soldiers missing

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Two soldiers, who are also best friends, at Fort Bliss, have been missing for approximately two weeks and their loved ones are pleading for answers.

Jake Obad-Mathis and Melvin Jones, both of whom are 20-years-old, served together at the Texas base since 2015. The men were last seen on December 19th in Jones’ black Camaro. No one has heard from either of them since, and their cell phones have reportedly been turned off.

Two days after they were last seen, officials at Fort Bliss told Obad-Mathis’ family that they should report him as AWOL, KVIA reported.

In an interview with Fox News, his mother, Carin Obad said that her son’s disappearance has been “gut-wrenching” and is “completely out of character.”

Jones was granted leave for Christmas break, and he is not yet considered missing by officials.

His father was planning to visit his son and had tickets for a football game at the University of Texas at El Paso.

He landed at the El Paso airport the night before the game, but his son never showed up to get him.

The Army does not search for soldiers until they are considered AWOL for 30 days, and local police do not investigate missing persons from Fort Bliss, so searches for the men have not commenced. The Warriors Aftermath and Recovery are working with the families in the meantime.

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