A 22-year-old Army soldier missing for a week was found dead Monday night in Alaska.
Pvt. Mason Jeremiah Heimer did not appear at morning formation on Sept. 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where he was attached to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at U.S. Army Alaska. According to Army Times, Alaska State Troopers discovered Heimer's body at a campground near Fairbanks Monday night.
"The Kodiak Battalion is deeply saddened by the passing of Pvt. Mason Heimer," Lt. Col. Travis Tilman, 70th Brigade Engineer Battalion commander, said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed and our prayers are with his family and friends."
U.S. Army Alaska said Heimer's death did not appear to come from foul play.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is located in Anchorage. The base has been in the news in recent years because jets that intercept Russian bombers flying too close to the U.S. mainland often take off from there. Vice President Mike Pence visited the base in February and spoke about its strategic location that allows it to defend the U.S. against any incoming missiles.
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