Monday, October 22, 2012

Wife turns to Facebook to find missing soldier-husband

Social media help wife find missing soldier
Army Times
By Meghann Myers
Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 22, 2012

During the eight days after her husband went missing Oct. 6 from their home near Fort Jackson, S.C., Pamela Larson updated her “Help Find Sgt. Robert Larson” Facebook page daily.

She chronicled every meeting with law enforcement and her husband’s chain of command, while thousands of followers sent in tips and expressed their support for her husband, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Pamela knew something of what he was going through because she, too, was a wounded warrior.

“I can’t tell you what all the prayers mean to me and the boys,” she wrote Oct. 8. “The police have been updating us regularly. Unfortunately, they are updating us that they have made no progress.”

On Oct. 15, the 26-year-old soldier with Training and Doctrine Command’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 165th Infantry Brigade, returned home. His cousin had found him camping out in a forest near his Minnesota hometown, about 1,200 miles and a 22-hour drive from the last place his wife had seen him.

The “Help Find Sgt. Robert Larson” Facebook page had collected 11,831 “likes” as of press time, with some posts garnering more than 5,000 “likes” and upward of 800 comments. Though the tips sent in didn’t pan out, Pamela said she took comfort in knowing how many people are on her side, and she’ll keep the page going to encourage her husband through his recovery.
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