The US Army’s Criminal Investigations Division is offering $50,000 to anyone with information in the search for a soldier with Irish nationality.
Rival Richard Halliday (22) disappeared from Fort Bliss, Texas more than 18 months ago on July 23, 2020.
At the time of his disappearance, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss.
Mr Halliday is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland with passports from both countries, according to CID officials.
However, his Irish passport expired in May 2020 and has not been renewed since.
On Wednesday, army officials announced that the reward money for information about Mr Halliday’s disappearance would be doubled to $50,000 in the hope of raising awareness and creating new leads.
Special Agent Marlon Soto, the resident agent in charge of the Fort Bliss CID office, said, “We want to find Private Halliday and bring him home to his family.
“We continue to seek the public’s assistance in providing any credible information that may lead to the location of Private Halliday.”
In a statement on social media, the soldier’s family said they were grateful the CID had decided to increase the reward for the information.
“It gives value to Richard and makes him important. It shows that the army has the good intention to find Richard,” his mother Patricia Halliday said in a video posted on Facebook.
“I think this is the greatest reward for a case like this in the history of the United States military.
“We love you Richard. We want to find you and we want to find out what happened to you. We won’t give up,” she added.
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