A jogger discovered 24-year-old Shane Pease in Bolin Creek Saturday morning just north of the Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Hillsborough Street intersection, near Chapel Hill Police headquarters.
Pease was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.
His father spoke with ABC11 Monday. Jimmy Pease said he has no idea how his son came to be in the area where he was found.
"It don't make no sense. If they was going hunting like my son said, where's the gun? He wouldn't be hunting in an area like this in the first place," said the elder Pease.
Shane Pease deployed to Iraq twice. His most recent tour ended in November 2009. The commander of his company released a statement saying in part:
"With his hard work, dedication, and loyalty to those with whom he served, he epitomized the word paratrooper. These are part of what made him an asset to Alpha Company's power. He will be sorely missed," said Captain Michael Orloff.
Pease's father said his son loved being part of the military.
"He loved nature. He loved defending his country," he said. "Me and him had done plans of riding, a whole year of riding our bikes through Montana, Seattle, California, just follow the coast."
Police have said very little about their investigation, including information on how Pease died or if they suspect foul play.
His father said he was just days from completing his service with the military.