Prayer request for soldier Matt Maupin-Truth!

Prayer Request For a Missing U.S. Soldier and His Family-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

The message highlights Private Matt Maupin and his family and asks for prayer.  According to the message, his body has been found after he was captured 4-years earlier in Iraq.

The Truth:

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Keith “Matt” Maupin had been missing for four years in Iraq.  He was captured on April 9, 2004 when his convoy was attacked near Bagdad.  It was just a week short of the fourth anniversary of Maupin’s disappearance when his parents in Batavia, Ohio got word in April, 2008 that his body had been found.  His remains and part of his uniform were discovered March 20, 2008 buried in an isolated agricultural region about 25 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Maupin was a private first class when he was captured.  He was given three promotions during the time he was missing to bring him to a rank of Staff Sgt.

According to Army Times, Maupin’s father, who is also named Keith, had been told that at least two people had been sentenced to death in Iraq for capturing Sgt. Maupin and that more suspect were being sought.

Updated 4/21/08