For the uninformed, if a person in the military goes missing outside of say a flight or a military operation the military doesn't mount a huge search. They do a check of the person's living quarters, and other common areas. They then make a report with the local police and the person's name is added to a federal database of deserters. The military doesn't have the manpower (or the legal authority) to constantly search mfor the hundreds of deserters worldwide, especially when there are already systems in place to do the work for them. If the body discovered was a former military member it was probably assumed that this person just packed up and hopped a flight back to the states, which happens more than you would think.
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