Missing US Army soldier found dead in New Jersey

BYRAM, N.J. — A U.S. Army soldier who went missing from Fort Drum in upstate New York has been found dead in New Jersey  and a fellow soldier has been taken into custody in connection with his  death.

The body of Hayden Harris was found in a wooded area in Byram Township on Saturday afternoon, Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said. U.S. Army officials gave little detail  beyond confirming Harris’ death in a press release on Sunday afternoon.

Harris was last seen between 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 6:30 a.m. Dec. 18, according to Army officials.

Mueller said Harris was meeting with fellow soldier, Jamaal Mellish, 23, in Watertown, New York, near Fort Drum for “some type of vehicle exchange” when the meeting escalated. 

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