Searchers Recover Body of Missing Fort Hood Soldier

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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Searchers have found the body of a Fort Hood soldier who was missing for four days after he disappeared during a training exercise.

The discovery Tuesday night of Lawrence Sprader's body brings to a close an intense ground and aerial search.

The 25-year-old sergeant went missing Friday during a solo exercise testing basic map-reading and navigation skills.

Colonel Diane Battaglia says the body was found by military searchers on the rugged Central Texas Army post.

The body has been sent for an autopsy and the cause of death had not been determined.

Hundreds of soldiers had scoured thousands of acres of the rugged hills looking for any sign of Sprader in the high grass or under juniper trees.

Helicopters had been flying day and night looking for Sprader since he disappeared.

An aircraft equipped with heat-seeking infrared equipment was brought in to make sweeps of the range.

Over the weekend, dozens of horse-mounted searchers were used, in addition to all-terrain vehicles and bloodhounds.

Battaglia says it hasn't not been determined when Sprader died.