BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Some people have an impenetrable air of mystery about them.

Take Sgt. Todd Lamont Rondell.


If you can find him.

Because no one else seems to want him.

Not the 25th Infantry Division, where he was posted.

Not III Corps at Fort Sill, Okla., where he may or may not be posted now.

Rondell was detained — though technically not arrested — earlier this month by military police at the Lagerhof billeting/hotel on H.D. Smith Barracks in Baumholder after an altercation with hotel staff, according to German police and U.S. authorities.

However, when U.S. military police took Rondell into custody, the unit he claimed he belonged to — the 25th ID at Scofield Barracks in Hawaii — didn’t want him back, said a German police investigator.

“They said they’d kicked him out of the Army,” said the investigator, who asked not to be identified.

Rondell had been staying at the Lagerhof since November on orders that appeared to be altered or forged, according to both the investigator and U.S. officials.

Rondell had been assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, but now is assigned to Fort Sill, according to Stefanie Garden, a spokeswoman at Scofield Barracks. “He went on excess leave, and that is what triggered him being assigned to Fort Sill,” Garden wrote in an e-mail.

Garden did not respond to a request for a clarification.

Authorities at Fort Sill told Stars and Stripes that Rondell may have been at the base Army Regional Confinement Facility, but they had no information on any criminal proceedings against him.

Because it’s unclear whether Rondell is even still a soldier, the Army turned him over to German police.

The Germans, in turn, discovered ongoing legal issues including two marijuana cigarettes allegedly in his possession and a rental car he’d failed to return to the Sixt dealership at H.D. Smith Barracks.

Moreover, Rondell appears to have entered Germany on a military flight, so he has no entry stamp.

“We deported him,” said a Baumholder official.

Well, not quite.

Despite all the possible infractions by the alleged scofflaw, Rondell is still out there ... somewhere.

German immigration authorities do have Rondell’s passport, but they are still discussing his status with U.S. Embassy officials, said Madeleine Dwoiakowski, spokeswoman for U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder.

Technically, neither the Germans nor Americans can detain him because it’s unclear he’s committed any crime other than entering Germany without going through immigration, Dwoiakowski said.

On Thursday, German police told Stars and Stripes that Rondell was supposed to come last Tuesday to immigration offices in Birkenfeld, about 10 miles from Baumholder, to pick up a ticket for his flight back to the United States.

However, Rondell seems to have had different plans, and now the Germans say he may be declared a fugitive.

The biggest mystery may be why Rondell chose Baumholder in the first place — a forbidding place where the harsh winter weather and lack of much to do usually has soldiers wishing they were somewhere else.

Said the German investigator, when the German police asked him, “he said he was on vacation.”

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