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What Happened to Fort Hood Soldier Who Disappeared During Training?

12 June 2007 at 8:57:33 AM


It's been SO hot here the last 4 or 5 days. One of the soldiers, Lawrence Sprader, who was doing training in the 15,000 acre training ground made a phone call that he had reached a paved road... and then no more. That was Friday. Yesterday, more than 500 people went searching for him, and even THEY had to take a break after 4 hours to avoid heat exhaustion.

An initial search began Friday and was expanded over the weekend. On Sunday, nearly 800 people were involved in the search, but it was ramped down Monday "because we're also training for a war," Battaglia said

Update: Unfortunately, the searchers found Sprader's body last night.

Col. Diane Battaglia, III Corps spokeswoman at Fort Hood, said Sprader's remains were found on the rugged Central Texas Army post. The body had been sent for an autopsy and the cause of death had not been determined, she said.

Hundreds of soldiers had scoured the rugged hills of the 15,000-acre training range. The soldiers had covered thousands of acres, walking shoulder-to-shoulder and looking for any sign of Sprader in the high grass or under juniper trees.

An aircraft equipped with heat-seeking infrared equipment, often used to track human and drug smugglers over vast swaths of land, was brought in to make sweeps of the range Tuesday.

Over the weekend, dozens of horse-mounted searchers were used, in addition to all-terrain vehicles and bloodhounds. Helicopters had been flying day and night looking for Sprader since he disappeared.

Rest in peace.

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