Troops on Fort Hood conducting land-navigation training found the body of a missing Army private, who died more than 3 weeks ago in a one-vehicle crash on post.
Pvt. Dakota Stump, 19, of Indianapolis, Indiana had been missing since around 9:45 the day of October 10th, when he left his barracks room.
His black Ford Mustang was found, with his body a few feet away, at around 11:50 A.M. this past Thursday, near Turkey Run Road during a training exercise, sources say. Fort Hood confirmed the discovery in a press release Friday afternoon.
“The remains of Pvt. Dakota Lee Stump, 19, were discovered next to a flipped-over vehicle, which was registered to Stump, in a wooded area approximately 100 yards from the roadway near Building 43028 on Fort Hood. Based on the extensive damage to the car and surrounding trees and foliage, early indications are the vehicle left the roadway, entered the wooded area and rolled over multiple times, according to law enforcement officials. Due to the terrain and heavy vegetation, the vehicle was not visible from the road” – Fort Hood
The crash is currently under investigation. Fort Hood contacted law enforcement agencies and hospitals throughout most of the region after the soldier disappeared.
Stump was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.