An Army soldier is being deployed after being handed over to a soldier at Fort Drum in New Jersey over the weekend.
Cpl Police said in a statement on Monday that Hayden Harris, 20, of Hayden Harris, Tennessee, had been found missing for the past week, buried under snow that died in an icy storm in Bremer Township on Saturday.
He was fatally shot.
Officials said 23-year-old Jamal Mellish is in New York pending extradition to New Jersey.
Last week, Harris arranged to meet someone in Watertown, New York for a vehicle transaction of some sort, the military, who asked for help in finding him, has said.
Township police said in a statement that Mellish was to exchange a Ford Mustang for a Chevy pickup truck from Harris. Police said Mellish had a previous transaction with Harris.
Authorities believe Mellish was “kidnapped” and killed during a planned vehicle exchange, First Assistant Sussex County Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said.
Harris, an infantry pedestrian with the 1st Squadron of the 89th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Dram, joined the army in March 2019.
It was unclear whether Mellish was also assigned to Fort Drum. A request for comment from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command was not immediately returned Monday night.
It was not immediately known whether Mellish was a lawyer.
Brigadier General Brett Funk, acting senior commander of Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement Sunday that Harris’ death was devastating.
“It was well known that Corporal Harris was a great soldier, and as we share his grief with friends and family, I hear again and again how he was – and most importantly – a very Wonderful, caring person, ”said Funk. .
Fort Drum and Watertown are not far from the Canadian border in New York. Byram Township is northern New Jersey, about 40 miles northwest of Manhattan.
The Associated Press has contributed.