Pfc. James Gonzalez was last seen at his mother’s house on July 11. James had told his family he was going to the border town of Laredo, Texas to visit friends. The Army contacted relatives two days later, when James failed to show up for duty.
J.C. Gonzalez, James's older brother, spoke to the media earlier this week, saying that authorities told the family that James was being held for $100,000 ransom. But the Fort Hood-based soldier was found unharmed on Wednesday evening and is now in police custody. Christopher Grey, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command said there are no indications that 24-year-old Pfc. James Gonzalez was abducted for ransom as his family claimed.
James is already in hot water for missing a court date on July 10 for a misdemeanor assault charge brought against him by his girlfriend. Now he’s facing new charges of being absent without leave. James is currently being interviewed by law enforcement officials in Laredo and will be turned over to the Army later today.