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Police: Soldier left on her own

POSTED: January 16, 2009 3:54 p.m.
SAVANNAH -- Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are no longer listing Charlana McKinsie as a missing person.

Metro Police announced in a news release at 3:40 Thursday that it is closing its investigation into the whereabouts of the Fort Stewart soldier who was reported missing after she did not pick her daughter up after school Monday afternoon.

Investigators believe McKinsie is in possession of her Toyota Camry and has left on her own free will.

Florida law enforcement located McKinsie in West Palm Beach, Fl.

McKinsie is not wanted by Metro Police, the release said.

Metro Police has referred the case to the Department of Family Child Services for review.

Fort Stewart's Spokesman Kevin Larson said McKinsie has been considered absent with out leave (AWOL) since she did not show up for work this week.

"That does not mean that we go after her," Larson said.  "We're hoping that she comes back on her own."

If she does not return, Larson said she could be facing andministrative punishment.

"That could be an Article 15 or a court martial, but that will remain at her commander's discretion," he said.  

"The hope is that she just comes back to work and comes back to her family," he added.

McKinsie's 14-year-old daughter will remain in the custody of her grandmother at this time.

McKinsie is a health specialist with the 3rd ID's 1st Brigade.

Metro Police urge McKinsie to contact her family and the U.S. Army.


 

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