Sunday, March 30, 2008

Army Confirms Remains Those Of Missing Tri-State Soldier

BATAVIA, Ohio -- The father of a soldier listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004 said the military has informed him that his son's remains were found in Iraq.

Keith Maupin said an Army general told him Sunday that DNA was used to identify his son.

Sgt. Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, when his fuel convoy, part of the 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.

A week later, the Arab television network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape showing Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.

That June, Al-Jazeera aired another tape purporting to show a U.S. soldier being shot.

But the dark and grainy tape showed only the back of the victim's head and not the actual shooting.

The Maupin family refused to believe it was their son, and the Army had listed him as missing-captured.

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