Retired Army officer and his wife claim the Army is hiding their missing son’s body

By Michael Swaney

The Army declared a soldier, who was previously declared missing, dead after being pressed for answers for almost four years.

Private Richard Halliday, the son of Retired Lieutenant Colonel Robert Halliday was assigned to the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command when he went missing from Fort Bliss on July 23, 2020.

But Army officials announced on Friday, a board of inquiry determined that he died on the day he went missing.

“On April 24, 2024, the Army informed the Halliday family that the preponderance of evidence provided during a board of inquiry supported changing the duty status of Pvt. Richard Halliday from missing to deceased,” the statement said. “The BOI determined that Pvt. Halliday died on July 23, 2020. The Army expresses its deepest condolences to the Halliday family and notes that this determination will allow us to further support the family under the Army Casualty Program.”

In the months leading up to his disappearance, Halliday was going through the process of being administratively discharged from the Army.

He was ordered to be under supervision by his unit but the soldier assigned to watch him on the day he disappeared didn’t report for duty on time.

Halliday’s parents believe their son did not go missing or leave Fort Bliss at all. They believe he died at the installation and was possibly murdered for being a whistleblower.

His sister, Hannah claims he was upset with things he witnessed his leadership do after returning from a ten-month deployment to Qatar.

“Upon redeployment, Richard became offended with his leadership’s actions which resulted in a series of events detrimental to Army Readiness,” she wrote.

She claims his unit leaders never contacted their family to inform them of his disappearance and waited 28 days to secure and inventory his belongings.

“After Army and Criminal Investigation Command efforts looking at CCTVideo footage and 42 subpeonas and warrants on phone records, Google, banking, Apple, etc. there is no evidence PVT Halliday ever left Fort Bliss or is alive,” his parents said.

Before the Army initiated Halliday’s separation process, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated by El Paso police, was stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border with a high-powered rifle, and even attempted suicide, according to El Paso Matters.

Investigators reported a friend of Halliday claimed Halliday told them he was going to go to the Red Sands area of East El Paso and shoot himself just days before his disappearance.

Halliday was originally considered absent without leave (AWOL) and the investigation into his disappearance did not begin until Fort Bliss switched his status to missing.

“It is two years today that our son Richard K. Halliday, your brother, your grandson, your Godson, your cousin, your nephew, your friend, your battle buddy, possibly your enemy, and yes, US Army, your Soldier, vanished from his barracks located at D-1/43 ADA, 11th ADA Brigade, 32nd AADMC, Ft Bliss, Texas,” Robert Halliday wrote in July of 2022.

“We, Team find Richard Halliday, discovered many leads. The 15 government agencies, which includes the Lead Agency US Army CID, investigated those leads but tell us the leads do not reveal what happened to Richard. These agencies will not write and sign an official document stating the results of their investigation. As of a few weeks again Richard’s investigation has been moved to the Cold Case Unit.”

The Army has not provided a cause of death or any proof that Richard Halliday’s remains have been recovered.

His mother, Patricia posted a video after the Army declared him dead, which makes claims the Army is still involved in a coverup.

“The Army has confirmed what “Team Find Richard Halliday” has known from the very beginning, that Richard is deceased,” she said.

“The next step is to get his remains,” Patricia said. “So, they say they don’t have his remains. We know that they have his remains.”


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