Families search for Fort Bliss soldiers missing since Dec. 19


A memorial greets drivers entering Fort Bliss.
A memorial greets drivers entering Fort Bliss. El Paso Times

Family members are searching for two Fort Bliss soldiers who have been missing since Dec. 19.

Neither family has heard from Jake Obad Mathis, 20, or Melvin Jones, 20, and believe they might be in danger. They were last seen together in a 2013 Black Chevrolet Camaro with Texas plates HTV-9983.

The Warriors Aftermath and Recovery program told KVIA that the men’s phones have been off and there hasn’t been any activity on their social media accounts.

Duane Jones told the station his son, Melvin, was supposed to pick him up at the airport Thursday and the two were going to the Sun Bowl game, but he never showed.

The San Antonio Express News reports that the Army now considers Mathis AWOL, but Jones won’t be considered AWOL until January because he was on leave.

The newspaper reports the two men must be AWOL for 30 days before the military will begin searches.

KTSM reports Mathis is Asian American, 5-feet 3-inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Jones is black, 5-feet 3-inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has dark hair with hazel eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the El Paso Police Department at 915-832-4400.