The Army is investigating the disappearance of two soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas on December 19, 2016. Pfc. Jake Obad-Mathis and Pfc. Melvin Jones were last seen on base in a black 2013 Camaro that belonged to Jones.
Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, confirmed that both soldiers are still missing with Army Times.
“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, We are very concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of these soldiers,” Grey told reporters.
The families of the two missing men are also gravely concerned about their sudden disappearance. Carin Obad told local reporters that her son’s disappearance is extremely out of character. Jones’ father, Duane, told reporters that he has been texting his son every day with no response. Prior to his disappearance, Jones would call his father to chat on a weekly basis.
Both Obad and Jones are frustrated with the Army’s response. Obad was told by Army officials that a soldier must be declared AWOL for at least 30 days before a search can be conducted. She told reporters that she is also prohibited from seeking help from El Paso police who consider the Fort Bliss missing person cases a military matter.