Search Continues for Missing Fort Hood Soldier

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FORT HOOD, Texas -- Hundreds of military personnel and civilians Monday scoured rugged Fort Hood for a soldier missing since Friday.

Military choppers and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter are part of the search for Sergeant Lawrence Sprader. He'd been on a solo navigation exercise.

Sprader was last heard from Friday evening about an hour before he was supposed to have completed the six-hour mission.

About 500 soldiers Monday searched the rolling terrain, which includes scrubland and wooded areas. All-terrain vehicles, people on horseback and bloodhounds are also being used.

Sprader, who is assigned to the Army's Noncommissioned Officer Academy, was carrying two canteens and a water backpack.

Temperatures in Central Texas were expected to hit the 90's Monday.