DAYS after his wife’s mysterious death, a soldier who disappeared from his off-base home in Texas was found alive.
Army Specialist Craig Chamberlain had not been seen for 11 days after his wife Cameron reported him missing on May 15 around 6pm.
A desperate search to find him was quickly launched, but in a tragic twist, his wife was found dead at their home in Killeen, Texas, earlier this week.
Just days later, Craig was found alive – although it is not yet clear why he disappeared.
“We found our son,” Craig’s mother Virginia Chamberlain told 25 News on Friday. “He is alive and he will be okay.”
Many questions continue to surround the soldier’s disappearance as well as his wife’s subsequent death.
Cameron reported her husband missing on May 15, according to base officials.
She said she last saw him at his home in Killeen.
However, Craig’s mom Virginia doesn’t think her son ran away, describing his marriage with Cameron as being a “not very kind” one.
“They absolutely rushed into marriage without thinking about it,” she said.
Virginia would say more information about the couple but she did say that Cameron’s death was a shock and that her “heart breaks for her family.”
It’s unknown if the couple’s estranged relationship had anything to do with Craig’s disappearance or Cameron’s death.
How Cameron died is also unclear at this time as it’s unknown if an autopsy had been completed.
She appeared on local news after reporting her husband missing, asking the public for information and revealing that Craig vanished after the two go into an argument.
Cameron said Craig was in “grave danger if he’s still alive.”
She said her husband had struggles with depression and wasn’t the same man she married in 2020, possibly suggesting that his mental health and his dislike of the leadership at Fort Cavazos – formerly known as Fort Hood – may have played a factor in his disappearance.
“When I met him, he was a carefree, loving, laid-back person. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body,” Cameron told KWTX.
“He had no hate in his heart. He was a happy man. And (Fort Cavazos) and his leadership completely destroyed him.”
But Virginia said Cameron’s comments didn’t match with Craig’s family and the military, which made the search for him difficult in the beginning.
Virginia last heard from her son on May 8 after receiving a text message from him, which she said wasn’t out of the ordinary as he had a reputation for being a “mama’s boy.”
He is the youngest of his siblings and his mother said he isn’t the type to run away, which is why Virginia and Craig’s father, Gordon texted him every day he was missing.
“Because of the search it led us to the right place, we did find our son,” said Virginia. “He is alive.”
Chamberlain was assigned to the 704th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 79th Ordnance Battalion on post.
“We are thankful that Specialist Chamberlain has been found,” said Lt. Col. Zachary Brainard, commander of the 2nd Chemical Battalion at Fort Cavazos.
“We will continue to provide him with the care and assistance he needs. We will also continue to collaborate with CID as they conduct a thorough investigation into this matter.”
The U.S. Sun has reached out to Fort Cavazos for comment.