Army Searchers Find Body of Missing Soldier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/07

Army Searchers Find Body of Missing Soldier

Officials have found the body of a soldier who vanished this week from a desert training range near Fort Bliss, and apparently killed himself.

Searchers found Specialist John R. Fish, 19, of Fort Hood, clad in his Army uniform. The body was discovered yesterday during a fly-over of desert surrounding the Dona Ana (New Mexico) Base Camp, about 30 miles from Fort Bliss. Post spokeswoman Jean Offutt says the body was about a mile and a-half north of the camp.

Fish suffered what investigators believe to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. It's unclear when Fish died, but investigators think his body had been in the desert for more than one day.

The soldier from Pasa Robles, California, disappeared on Monday. Fish was an ammunitions specialist with the 41st Fires Brigade, a field artillery unit based at Fort Hood.

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