Missing Alabama Army Reserve soldier found dead in Florida
(WAFF) - A missing Army Reserve specialist with north Alabama ties has been found dead.
Cayln McLemor had been missing since June 20. McLemore is assigned to the 326th Chemical Company out of Huntsville.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office in Florida confirmed McLemore's body was found in a wooded area of Camp Blanding on Friday. The case is now an undetermined death investigation.
According to a Jacksonville news station McLemore was participating in a 25-day leadership training course at Camp Blanding and was sent out Wednesday morning with dozens of classmates for a land navigation assignment.
The exercise, which involves individual soldiers finding rally points in the woods before returning to a designated location, should only have taken a couple of hours, investigators said. McLemore and the other soldiers were each given an MRE, a canteen of water and a map to help find their specific rally points.
When McLemore didn't return from the exercise in a timely manner, a military search team tried to find him.
Instructors who run the course told deputies that soldiers sometimes do not return on time but are always found quickly, within 30 minutes to an hour.
He said they can't remember anyone being missing for this long.
They called in the sheriff's office on Thursday after they failed to find McLemore, and the sheriff's office brought in resources from multiple local agencies to assist in the search.
Smith said some of McLemore's gear has been found, which helped to concentrate the search. He said the gear that was found included McLemore's paperwork and the navigation square meant to help him find his rally points. It was found far from the area of his checkpoints, so he likely got off course, Smith said.
"If you're dehydrating and facing those types of things, you're going to get off course a little bit," Smith said. "We all know living down here with the extreme heat that the conditions are very tough these last couple of days, especially today, right now."
Smith said there is no indication that McLemore has gone AWOL.
Multiple agencies are searching for a missing soldier at Camp Blanding, a National Guard facility in Jacksonville.
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