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Missing solder likely in Arkansas

February 13, 2009 7:18:19 PM PST
Fayetteville police say a missing soldier is probably alive and well.Army Specialist Joseph E. Putnam was last seen around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Kangaroo gas station on Bragg Blvd. Putnam is assigned to C-Company, 2nd Battalion, 508 Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Bragg.

Police initially though he may have come to harm and were looking for a person of interest who used Putnam's debit card Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Now, they say the person used Putnam's card with permission and the man is not a suspect in any way.

Detectives say they have credible evidence that Putnam has returned to Arkansas where he is from. In addition, they say the investigation has revealed that Putnam has had contact with friends and family members since being reported as missing.

The matter has now been turned over to the military and Arkansas Authorities.


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