Missing Fort Wainwright soldier found dead
The Fairbanks-area search for a missing Army soldier came to a sad end Saturday, after Alaska State Troopers found him dead at a campground near Salcha.
Troopers said in an online dispatch that they discovered 22-year-old Pvt. Mason Heimer’s body when they responded to Harding Lake at about 3 p.m. Saturday, for a report of an “apparent abandoned vehicle.”
“The vehicle was determined to belong to Mason Heimer,” troopers wrote. “Heimer was located deceased inside. No foul play is suspected.”
Heimer's body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
"The injuries observed were self-inflicted," Peters said. "Whether they're accidental or a suicide would be for the SME to determine."
U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said Monday that Heimer was a combat engineer assigned to Fort Wainwright's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
Searchers had been seeking Heimer and his gray Dodge pickup truck since Monday, when he was last seen eating breakfast at a McDonald's near Fort Wainwright.
Troopers have notified Heimer’s next of kin.
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