By Avi Selk
January 5, 2016
As his mother describes him, Jake Obad-Mathis does not look like most soldiers.Pfc. Jake Obad-Mathis (center) in a family photo after his enlistment in 2015. Heand Pfc. Melvin Jones have been missing from their base for more than two weeks.(Courtesy of Carin Obad)
At age 20, after more than a year in the Army, he is still thin and small. He stands a head shorter than most of his comrades at Fort Bliss, Tex. He’s shy and talks with a slight stutter.
Or so he did, before the private first class disappeared Dec. 19.
If you have seen her son, Carin Obad would like to know. She has been searching for him for more than two weeks.
So has the family of his friend, Pfc. Melvin Jones, who disappeared on the same day from the same base.
Now — after nearly two weeks of rejections, excuses and abrupt dial tones from police and military brass, Obad said — the Army is finally looking, too.
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