Published December 30, 2012
| Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO says the body of a Georgian soldier who was reported missing earlier this month has been found in southern Afghanistan. The coalition says he had been captured, without providing further details.
A statement Sunday says Afghan police found the body and turned it over to NATO forces Saturday. He went missing Dec. 18 in the restive province of Helmand.
The solider from the NATO-led coalition is believed to be the first to have gone missing since a U.S. Army sergeant was captured by the Taliban more than three years ago. The dead soldier was among the 1,500 troops form the former Soviet republic of Georgia serving in Afghanistan. NATO says an investigation is underway into his capture and death.