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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 362-04
April 23, 2004

DoD Announces Soldier's Captured Status

The Department of Defense announced today a change in the status of a soldier serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from duty status - whereabouts unknown to captured.

Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, was declared captured on April 16.

On April 9, Maupin and Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, N.C., were categorized as duty status - whereabouts unknown when individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire attacked their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserves 724th Transportation Company, from Bartonville, Ill.

Krauses status remains unchanged because his whereabouts remain unknown. Efforts continue to obtain the successful and safe return of both individuals.

Questions regarding theater operations can be directed to CENTCOM at (813) 827-5895. Change-in-status questions can be directed to Shari Lawrence, deputy public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Va., at (703) 325-8856.

For the public affairs officer assisting Maupins family contact Maj. Willie Harris, 88th Regional Readiness Command, (612) 290-0517.