Search For Missing Soldier Leads to Marijuana Operation

LAWTON, Okla.-- Authorities checking on the welfare of a Fort Sill soldier have found a large indoor marijuana growing operation in the man's apartment.

The soldier is identified only as a 27-year-old medic from Texas who worked at Reynolds Army Hospital. He has not been found.

Lawton police say the man's sergeant went to the apartment Tuesday when the soldier failed to show up for work. The sergeant went inside when he received no answer at the door -- then called police after seeing tubes and electrical wiring.

Police say the tubes and wiring were part of a hydroponic operation in which water was used to grow high-grade marijuana that was worth an estimated $70,000.