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Missing marine arrested in Wash. faces charge

Associated Press - December 6, 2008 12:35 PM ET

DENVER (AP) - Military officials say a Marine accused of faking his own disappearance to avoid returning to his unit faces a charge of unauthorized absence that could land him at a military jail for up to a year.

The charge comes two weeks after 23-year-old Lance Hering returned to Camp Pendleton in custody. Hering was arrested Nov. 16 in Port Angeles, Wash. Authorities there were acting on a tip from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Hering was on leave from Camp Pendleton, Calif., when he disappeared in 2006. Hering's friend, Steve Powers, told authorities Hering was hurt in a rock-climbing accident near Boulder and wandered away while Powers went looking for help. Powers later said the report was a hoax.

The charge was announced Friday.

Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/

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