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Fort Bliss soldier found safe after being missing for several days

Sgt. Daniel A. Soto de Jesus (U.S. Army/Released)

A Fort Bliss soldier, who was missing since Monday, was found safe Friday, post officials said.

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel A. Soto de Jesus, 28, was found Friday after being reported missing for nearly a week, Fort Bliss officials announced

“Through concerted efforts of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss leaders in coordination with local law enforcement and National Park authorities, Sgt. Daniel A. Soto de Jesus was found alive,” post officials said in a news release.

No details were provided on where Soto de Jesus was found or the circumstances of why he went missing.

“Our priority remains the safety and well-being of this Soldier and his family,” officials said. “In an effort to respect the privacy of Sgt. Soto de Jesus’ family, no further details are provided at this time.”

Soto de Jesus was reported missing after he was last seen in uniform at 10:14 a.m. Monday at his place of work at the 2-37 Battalion area in Fort Bliss.

He failed to report for duty at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, which triggered a search by Fort Bliss officials.

Officials contacted his family, searched his residence and recreation areas, then notified law enforcement.

They also could not reach him by phone.

An investigation found that the license plate registered to Soto de Jesus’ car had been recorded traveling north on Interstate 25 north of Las Cruces at 1:52 p.m. Monday, officials said.

Soto de Jesus is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

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