missing persons

Fort Leonard Wood soldier Joshua Morrison found 3 days after kayaking Gasconade River in Missouri

United States Army soldier Joshua J. Morrison has passed away. He was 21.

Morrison was a specialist based at Fort Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army training installation in the Ozarks in Missouri, USA. He was a bridge crew member from 50th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 5th Engineer Battalion.

On August 15, 2021, Morrison went kayaking on the Gasconade River near Waynesville, Pulaski County, Missouri. Later that day, he was in the vicinity of Ruby’s Landing in Waynesville and that was the last time he was seen alive.

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Fort Leonard Wood first responders, 5th Engineer Battalion soldiers and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command special agents worked closely with the Waynesville Fire Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department with search and rescue operations along the Gasconade River. Items belonging to Morrison were found on August 17, 2021.

“We are working with multiple agencies and leveraging every asset we can to assist in the search for Spc. Morrison,” Unified Command spokesperson Ed Fowler said on August 18, 2021. “We are so appreciative of all the support and for the soldiers who are out here assisting us in the search and rescue efforts.”

At 8:35 a.m. on August 19, 2021, Morrison was found dead approximately 1/2 mile downstream from State Highway 17 bridge in Pulaski County. In a statement, Fort Leonard Wood said, “The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood team is devastated by this tragic loss.”

“Spc. Morrison was our teammate and his service was valued and appreciated,” the statement continued. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Spc. Morrison’s family, friends and fellow Soldiers and we continue to care for and support them during this difficult time. As our team continues to work closely with local law enforcement with the on-going investigation, we want to thank every agency, organization and individual who assisted with the search, shared his picture or kept him in their thoughts and prayers.”

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