UPDATE: Melvin Jones and Jake Obad Mathis were found by the military on Jan. 26 and Feb. 27, 2017.
Two soldiers have gone missing from Fort Bliss Texas and there has been no official missing report made yet.
Missing Soldiers Fort Bliss
UPDATE 1/7/17 – The El Paso Times is stating that Obad’s mother said that Obad is alive. According to Carin’s post on her Facebook page that she had receiving information that “leads us to believe they are together and okay.” Although she stated she has not talked with Jake directly, she felt the news was positive.
The El Paso Times tried to talk with her but she would not comment other than to say the family is working with the U.S. Army and have agreed to stop talking to the media.
There was a large group of people on social media that were worried about the two soldiers. Most believed they may have had a car accident after determining that they would never willing take off. Now with this new information many of those same people are extremely angry that they walked away from their duty.
Since the information about whether they have truly been found is unclear, I will continue to leave this open until I receive information from the authorities.
Original story: Two missing Fort Bliss soldiers, Melvin Jones, 20, and Jake Obad Mathis, 20, are both missing from Fort Bliss Texas and were last seen on December 19, 2016 in a 2013 black Chevrolet Camaro with license plate HTV-9983.
Their family has not been able to reach them by phone. Duane Jones, Melvin’s dad told KVIA-TV that his son was to meet him at the airport so they go attend the Sun Bowl together. The military stated they did not considered Melvin AWOL as he is officially on leave, but Jake is considered AWOL.
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Family and friends say that Melvin and Jake are close friends and have been assigned to Fort Bliss since 2015. Jake was supposed to spend Christmas with his commanding sergeant, KTSM-TV, because he had to stay on the base that day, but he never showed up. Melvin was suppose to meet up with his dad and never showed up. Now there are two missing soldiers from Fort Bliss.
The Army will not search for missing soldiers until they are AWOL for 30 days. There has been no official search for either of the men. The El Paso police will not take a missing persons report according to Melvin’s dad. There has been no search for the missing soldiers.
Obad-Mathis is described as Asian American, 5-feet-3-inches tall, weighing approximately 120 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a Japanese cherry tree on his right rib cage and two phrases on his forearms.
Jones is described as black, with a light complexion, 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has dark hair and hazel eyes. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Who to call
If you have any information on Obad-Mathis or Jones’ whereabouts or have seen them in the past two weeks, you’re asked to call the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400 or the Warriors Aftermath and Recovery Group at (208) 724-7123.