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04/20/06

Missing Soldier's Fiancee Searches in Savannah

Spc. Robert Hornbeck Spc. Robert Hornbeck

If a loved one just vanished, what lengths would you go to find out what happened? The family of missing soldier Robert Hornbeck is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information, and his fiancee is now helping the family search.

Amanda Swartz is in Savannah for the sole purpose of finding her 23-year-old fiance, who's been missing since Sunday.

Trying to get his picture and his name out there, Swartz is passing out flyers and just hoping someone recognizes Hornbeck.

"You come down here thinking, 'One more person,' or 'I am going to find him,' because you really want to badly," she said.

Hornbeck is stationed at Fort Benning. He was in town visiting his family from Michigan. "I'd just talked to Rob on Saturday," Swartz said. "He said, 'I love you and miss you. I am at dinner with my family. We're just going out tonight play pool and hang out.'"

Which they did. But at around midnight, his parents went home. Hornbeck decided to stay out with his friend. At around 3am Sunday morning, Hornbeck's buddies called his dad, saying they'd been drinking and needed him to come and get them at the DeSoto Hilton on Liberty Street. By the time his dad arrived, Hornbeck and his friends had separated.

No one has heard from him since.

"You don't know what to think," said Swartz. "Everything goes through your head."

Hornbeck only had two more weeks of active duty left before he was going to move to Michigan to be with his fiancee. They were suppose to be married in July.

"I need to know where he is and that he's okay," Swartz  said. "We don't have to do a wedding. I just want to know he's okay."

Hornbeck's family says just taking off without telling anyone is out of character for him. There has been no activity on his cell phone, credit cards or checking account since his disappearance. Swartz and Hornbeck's parents just want answers, and soon.

The DeSoto Hilton says the police have not asked them to do a room-to-room search of the hotel. Once they do, they will have no problem searching the rooms.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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