Remains found in Arizona identified as soldier who went AWOL from Ft. Bliss


Human remains found 6 months ago, have been identified as an Army private who was looking forward to his upcoming honorable discharge from a Texas military base.  Devon Lee Ward was a private second class based at Fort Bliss, according to KGET.

The website missingveterans.com had previously reported that Ward was last seen around 3AM on May 25, when he signed into his barracks. After he was reported missing, friends and family took to social media to plead for anyone to help find him.

KFOX-TV reported at the time, that the 20-year-old soldier was a month away from being discharged. His mother told the local station that her son had “mild Asperger’s Syndrome and autism spectrum disorder.” He’d apparently been battling mild depression around the time he went missing.

In June, Ward was listed as AWOL.

On June 27, deputies with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office discovered Ward’s remains in an Arizona coal chute. The deputies said they found “bones and body parts in the coal” at the Apache Generating Station. It’s unclear how long Ward’s body was in the chute, but deputies reported that his remains were in “an advanced state of decomposition.”

According to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, the remains were positively identified as belonging to Ward, through a fingerprint match.

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