Family of missing Fort Hood soldier searches for answers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind— The mother of a missing soldier from the Fort Hood Military Post says she’s desperate for answers.

Patrice Wise says she hasn’t heard from her son, Pvt. Dakota Stump,  for weeks. Officials say he disappeared from his barracks room on the night of October 10.

A Fort Hood spokesperson said he left all of his possessions and cash, and it appeared as if he intended to return.

Stump is 5’5” tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

He is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He drives a black Ford Mustang with red interior.

“We don’t know if this is going to have a happy ending or a not happy ending at this point, but I feel like something definitely is not right.” his mother said.

Wise says the frustrating part is how little information she's gotten from authorities on the night her son disappeared and how the search is going. She says officials say they're just following investigation protocol.

Shortly after his disappearance authorities released the following statement to CBS4:

We can confirm that Pvt. Dakota Stump went missing Monday evening. Every effort is being made by the 1st Cavalry Division to find Pvt. Stump. We are also working closely with local law enforcement agencies as appropriate by jurisdiction, and are maintaining close contact with his family.

Our first and foremost concern is Pvt. Stump’s safety and health. Finding him quickly is the first step to ensuring both of those things.

Stump’s mother told CBS4 that shortly after her son went missing, Fort Hood officials said they traced his phone to the Indianapolis area. She says she now going through all his phone records trying to find anyone he may have talked to leading up to his disappearance.

“We just want to know he’s OK…we stand behind any decisions that he makes but I just can’t deal with not knowing” she said.

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