Missing Fort Bliss soldier's remains found in coal chute

An Army private reported missing from a Texas military base has been found after human remains discovered in Arizona were identified as his by a coroner.

Devon Lee Ward was AWOL from Fort Bliss. According to KTSM-TV, Ward's mother reported him missing May 25 after he signed out of the barracks and never returned.

Workers at a coal plant near Cochise, Ariz., were checking on a malfunctioning rotary plow in a coal chute on June 27 when they found bones and body parts, the station reported.

Deputies said the remains were in an advanced state of decomposition.

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