‘He’s a very special man’: Doctors who helped find husband of missing soldier
By MICHAEL GAYDICKThe Associated PressWASHINGTON — The remains of a married couple were found in a rural Maryland cemetery on Thursday, two days after a missing soldier’s family said it was searching for her.
Investigators were called to the home in the village of Wicomico, just outside Baltimore, on Wednesday night.
The couple, identified only by their first names, said they were searching for their husband, Staff Sgt. Michael G. Lee, who disappeared last month.
Lee’s father, Lt.
Col. James L. Lee Jr., told the Baltimore Sun he has been searching for his son for more than a year.
His son was reported missing in late August.
He said he and his wife, the Army captain, have been unable to contact him in recent weeks and have tried calling on the weekend.
“We’re not sure why,” the lieutenant colonel said.
“I want to know where he is.
If he’s alive, please tell us where he’s at.
He’s a special man.
I just want him home.”
Col.’s search for missing soldier foundThe Associated American reported Thursday that an Army medic who had helped locate Lee told police he and the soldier had been talking on the phone about Lee.
The medic, Sgt. Daniel R. Kupfer, told investigators that the pair was in the woods about 30 yards (meters) from a ditch where a soldier had disappeared.
Kupsfer said the soldier, whose name is not being released, had been missing for about three weeks.
The soldier’s wife, who lives about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away, told police that her husband was out of town when he disappeared, the AP reported.
The Army has said it does not know the soldier’s whereabouts.
The AP also reported that the couple’s son, Col. Lee’s brother, said that he and Lee have been in touch for months and that they spoke twice a week about their missing soldier.
The Associated Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday it would not release the man’s name until a medical examiner’s report is completed.
The man is about 50 and was a lieutenant colonel, the military said.
The family of missing serviceman Lee said they had no reason to suspect foul play.
The missing servicemen’s mother, Brigitte Lee, told the AP on Thursday that her son was a quiet, caring man who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
She also said that her family had been trying to locate her son since the summer.
“He’s just one of those people that, in a lot of ways, you don’t think about,” she said.
“He just went and lived the life that he wanted to live.
And he just got out of it.
You can’t get out of that life.”
Lee’s sister, Jennifer Hickey, told local television station WJLA-TV that she and Lee had talked often and had planned to have a Christmas party for her son on Dec. 1.
“My heart is broken,” she told the station.
“I’m so devastated, and I’m so heartbroken for his family and I know that he will be back home.”
The Army and the U.S. Army Medical Center in Washington declined to comment on the search, citing the ongoing investigation.