Family confirms missing Fort Hood soldier found dead

Update on missing Fort Hood soldier

FORT HOOD - A family member of missing Fort Hood PVT Dakota Stump confirmed to Channel 6 News Friday that he had been found dead on post. 

Fort Hood officials said Stump's remains were found next to his flipped-over vehicle 100 yards from the roadway near Building 43028 on Fort Hood. 

Soldiers conducting land-navigation training found his body approximately at 11:50 a.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement officials believe that Stump's car veered off the road into the parallel wooded area and then rolled over multiple times. 

Stump's brother said a military liaison came to their mother's place of employment in Indianapolis Thursday night to inform her but didn't provide many details.

"We just want answers," Stump's brother told Channel 6 in a statement.  "They told us for three weeks that they searched the area and that he was AWOL and in Indiana.  It's pretty clear that he never left Fort Hood."

Stump, 19, had been missing since Oct. 10 when he was last seen driving his black Mustang.

Stump was from Avon, Indiana and had been serving in Fort Hood since July. He was assigned to 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 1st Cavalry Division. During his service he was awarded with the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. 

Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command continue to investigate the incident.

An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner on the Air Force base in Dover, Delaware.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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