YUMA, Ariz. – Military personnel and federal law enforcement officials are searching for a 22-year-old Marine sergeant missing since Monday.
Sgt. Jonathan Kyle Ferguson, who is stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, was last seen leaving an International House of Pancakes restaurant at approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials in a Marine helicopter have been focusing their search along the Colorado River. Members of the U.S. Border Patrol are providing canine units to assist in the search.
A native of Monroe, La., Ferguson joined the Marine Corps in 2007 and currently serves as a Tactical Air Operations and Air Defense Technician assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1 based in Yuma. Ferguson recently returned from Afghanistan where his squadron completed a seven-month deployment.
Ferguson's father told the Monroe News-Star that he spoke with his son on Saturday and insisted that there was no chance that his son had gone AWOL.
Ferguson is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim build and dark hair. He also wears glasses.
The MCAS Yuma Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating Ferguson’s disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to call 928-269-2305.