BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin’s parents vowed to never let the U.S. Army forget about finding their son.
Their efforts included trips to the Pentagon and even meeting with President Bush, but they ended in disappointment Sunday: An Army general told them the remains of Maupin, a soldier who had been listed as missing-captured in Iraq since 2004, had been found.
“My heart sinks, but I know they can’t hurt him anymore,” Keith Maupin said after receiving word about the remains of his son, who went by Matt.
The Army didn’t say how or where in Iraq his son’s remains were discovered, only that the identification was made with DNA testing, Maupin said. A shirt similar to the one his son was wearing at the time of his disappearance was also found.
The Army was continuing its investigation, Maupin said.
Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington, said an official statement about the identification would be released Monday.
Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy, part of the Bartonville, Ill.-based 724th Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.
God grant Peace and Comfort to Mr. and Mrs. Maupin after the difficult years of waiting and upon learning of their loss. May Ssgt Maupin rest in the arms of angels until our Savior comes. Semper Fi Marine, your duty is done, and with the gratitude of your nation, may you rest in peace.