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Missing Memphis Soldier Found Dead At Florida Military Training Camp

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) -  Family of Army Reserve Specialist Cayln McLemore told Local 24 their loved one's body was found following an extensive search effort Friday.

Clay County Sheriff's Office in Florida said the reservist was in military training class and did not make it to a rallying point at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

At 4 p.m. officials-maintained crews would work through the night to find him.

"We have not made contact with him," Smith said. "The search will continue. We will go throughout the night. We will not stop."

Around 8 p.m. officials sent out a tweet that his body had been located.

The tweet read:

"It is with great regret we must inform the community that Specialist Calyn McLemore was found deceased, a short time ago, in a wooded area of Camp Blanding. This now becomes an undetermined death investigation. The Clay County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all those agencies, media personnel and community members who supported us in this search. With this being an active investigation, there are no further details to be released at this time. #CCSOFL"

Earlier in the day search crews said they saw some of the items belonging to McLemore. Items that included a compass and map. The equipment was given to help him complete a navigation training exercise. 

One item that was not originally recovered was his canteen, giving crews hop that it would help McLemore survive in the Florida heat until he was found.

The news of his death came Friday evening while friends and family were gathered at his home in Memphis. A command team from the Alabama Army Reserves traveled to the Bluff City to answer questions for his family and friends. They described him as a top-notch soldier.

"We at his higher headquarters and leaders support him for whatever he has done," said Lt. Col Andres Talmage. "In his unit he has excelled himself at all tasks he has been doing in the past history and he has utmost sport from his unit leadership."

McLemore, who was 25, graduated from Melrose High School and has spent the last six years in the Army Reserves. His family said if possible, they plan to travel south for additional answers.

"My state of mind right now, I'm slowly drifting away," said McLemore's mother, Carolyn. "If I have permission to go to Florida and if people need me in Florida I'll be in Florida."


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