Baumholder-based officer declared AWOL
October 17, 2007
BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Army investigators and local law enforcement officials are searching for a Baumholder-based captain who vanished more than a week ago and whose whereabouts remain unknown.
V Corps confirmed that the officer, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, was listed as absent without leave on Oct. 10 at 6:30 a.m.
Military and civilian personnel are working together to locate the officer, whose reported disappearance came on the heels of a four-day weekend, V Corps said.
“The host nation is providing considerable assistance to support U.S. forces in this matter. I can tell you that we are following protocol with respect to a missing or AWOL soldier, such as checking with hospitals and law enforcement agencies,” said Maj. Richard Spiegel, V Corps spokesman.
V Corps did not release the captain’s name or battalion he was assigned to, stating that such disclosures could not be made because of the ongoing investigation and out of privacy concerns for the officer.
“The authorities are involved. They’re looking into everything. We’re going down all the normal roads,” Spiegel said.
Stateside family members of the captain, who is single, have been informed, Spiegel said, though he declined to say if those family members had heard from the officer. Officials also declined to say whether foul play was suspected or if it was thought that the officer failed to report of his own volition.
“We don’t want to jeopardize the investigation,” Spiegel said.
Meanwhile, the Army is urging anyone with information to contact military police.
“The safety and well-being of all our personnel is our highest priority. We remain hopeful that this officer will contact his unit or authorities,” Spiegel said. “Anyone with any knowledge regarding this individual is asked to contact the military police or CID.”