FORT HOOD — Family members of a Fort Hood soldier are worried about his welfare after he went missing from his barracks Monday night.
Pvt. Dakota Stump, 19, of Indianapolis, Ind., left at approximately 9:45 p.m. in a black Ford Mustang after he had been drinking, according to his brother, Dustin Campbell. He had become disenchanted with life in the Army and had been arguing with his girlfriend, and his brother is concerned his state of mind will cause him to possibly hurt himself.
Stump is an assistant machine gunner with Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
“(The Army) wasn’t what he thought it would be. He thought there would be more action instead of spending a lot of time out in the field doing nothing but sleeping out in the cold,” said Campbell, who is currently working in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I talked to his commander, and as far as the unit knows, he hasn’t been talking about hating the Army or anything. I’m just not sure what he will do. He’s changed a bit since he joined the Army.”
Campbell added that his brother’s girlfriend had told him Stump had talked to her about getting out of the Army by getting drunk and hurting himself.
“We don’t know about that, though. And the only people he knows are either in Indiana or Texas,” he said.
Spokespersons from both the Killeen Police Department and Copperas Cove Police Department said they have been notified that Stump is listed as missing and will begin actively searching as soon as they receive the request from Fort Hood. The soldier’s unit is actively searching, as well.
“We are aware that Dakota Stump ... is currently in an absent-without-leave (AWOL) status. We care about the soldier and his well-being,” said Cpt. Eileen Hernandez, 2nd Brigade Combat Team spokeswoman. “Leadership within his unit have coordinated with law enforcement and members of his unit are actively reaching out to all known friends and family members in order to locate this soldier.”
Campbell requests that if anyone sees Stump to please contact local authorities.