Camp Pendleton Marine found unharmed, tried to skip out on first deployment


A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was reported missing after two weeks of leave has turned himself in- and may be facing penalties for skipping out on his first deployment.

Johnny Hair turned himself in over the weekend after he was unable to be located following two weeks leave, having last been seen on surveillance video in Oceanside, California, three Fridays ago.

Hair’s sister -Melissa Hair- says the Oceanside train station CCTV footage showed the young Marine getting off the train, walking into a tunnel and heading toward the beach. After that, he vanished and was reported AWOL.

“I’m really scared for him,” she said. “He means a lot to us.”

Melissa says that her brother had always wanted to be in the military, going on to say that he had always enjoyed hiding in the woods and pretending to fight.

“Even as a kid … that’s all he wanted to do was be in the military,” Melissa explained.

According to 10 News, Melissa said that her brother was content as a machine gunner and was excited to go on his first deployment.

“He loves what he does,” she added.

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