Missing Fort Hood Soldier Found Dead
A Fort Hood soldier missing since October 10 has been discovered dead on post.
According to the Fort Hood's Public Affairs Office, Private Dakota Lee Stump was discovered Thursday at 11:50 AM next to a flipped vehicle in a wooded area approximately 100 yards from the roadway near Building 43028.
Stump's remains were spotted by three soldiers conducting land navigation training in the area.
Based on extensive damage to the car and surrounding trees and foliage, investigators believe the vehicle left the road and rolled multiple times into the woods. The distance from the road and heavy vegetation made it impossible to see the wreckage from the roadway.
Investigators said Friday afternoon that the circumstances surrounding this incident remain under investigation.
The 19-year-old soldier was last seen alive on Monday, October 10. He was seen exiting his barracks, where he left behind his cash and possessions. He then drove away in a 2006 Ford Mustang. Officials have not said if he was discovered in that particular vehicle.
Stump, whose home of record is listed as Avon, Indiana, entered active duty service in March as an indirect fire infantryman. He was assigned to Fort Hood's 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in July.