He headed to Fort Hood, Texas to visit a friend and left the base without permission. On March 15 he was pulled over by a deputy in Goldthwaite, Texas. The deputy found weapons in the car that did not have permits, so Mason was arrested and his car impounded. When he got out of jail on March 17, a bail bondsman took him to a motel in Early, Texas and then picked him up the next morning so he could go to the Wells Fargo bank to withdraw bond money. The a woman who worked for the bondsman drove Mason 100 miles to a bus station in San Angelo, Texas where he bought a ticket to Abilene, Texas so he could return to Colorado Springs. He has not been seen since.
Mike Van Kuikena, Mason’s father said that the Army told him that Mason was on watch for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which they knew nothing about.
An expert on PTSD states that a soldier will take off and disappear without a trace and it is called “ghosting.
According to Mason’s family his captain said that “The Army does not have resources to look for soldiers who go missing.”
Although the family is not sure that is what happened to Mason, they do know he has not used his bank card, phone or been on Facebook since he went missing.