State Troopers find missing U.S. Army private dead in his truck

A U.S Army combat engineer who had been missing since September 17 has been found dead in his truck, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Private Mason Jeremiah Heimer was found in his truck at the Harding Lake campground near Fairbanks, the US Army reported Monday evening.

The 22-year-old soldier was reported missing after he failed to report to morning formation.

According to the AP:

“He reportedly spent Sunday night with a soldier from his unit who he stayed with often in the Chena Ridge area.On Monday morning, his sergeant received a text from Mason Heimer saying he was sick and would be going to get checked out.  Security footage shows Mason Heimer near the Fort Wainwright gate, shopping at Walmart and a McDonald’s.”

Heimer was not seen again until Troopers found his vehicle while investigating a report of an apparently abandoned vehicle at Harding Lake.

Heimer joined the Army in September of 2017 and was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in Alaska in March of 2018.

“The Kodiak Battalion is deeply saddened by the passing of Pvt. Mason Heimer,” said Lt. Col. Travis Tilman, 70th Brigade Engineer Battalion commander, in a statement. “He will be greatly missed and our prayers are with his family and friends.”

State Troopers and U.S. Army officials stated the incident is under investigation but they do not suspect foul play. His body has been sent to the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy, according to the Associated Press.

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