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Pentagon to Update Soldier's Parents

Associated Press
Friday, November 4, 2005

The parents of the only soldier the Army lists as captured in Iraq are being flown to the Pentagon for a meeting today with senior Defense Department officials to discuss the search for their son.

Army Reserve Sgt. Keith Matthew "Matt" Maupin of Batavia, Ohio, has been missing since April 9, 2004, when his fuel truck convoy was ambushed by insurgents west of Baghdad after leaving camp.

A week later, Arab television network al-Jazeera released a videotape showing Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.

That June, al-Jazeera released another tape purporting to show a U.S. soldier being shot. But the dark and grainy tape showed only the back of the victim's head and did not show the shooting.

The Army ruled it inconclusive.

Maupin's parents, Carolyn and Keith Maupin, will meet with Lt. Gen. James L. Campbell, director of the Army staff, and officials from the Casualty Assistance Office and the Joint Personnel Recovery Office.

Carolyn Maupin recently complained to news organizations that she heard about a weekend search from reporters and was having trouble getting updates from the Pentagon.

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