Lee Co. Crime Stoppers offers reward for missing soldier

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) -  "Dexter didn't come home from work which is completely out of character. He always calls."

Nellie Rutter has not seen or heard from her common law husband in a week.

Together nine years, he says 36 year-old Sergeant Dexter Graham kissed her before he left for work on Fort Benning that day, as he did every day.

She says a fellow soldier saw in the gym on post later that morning but then he disappeared.

"He wouldn't do this to me. We were happy," she said.

She says Fort Benning has classified Graham as AWOL for the time being. Fort Benning officials would only tell News Leader 9 his disappearance is under investigation.

After being in the military for the past eighteen years, Graham's family says he would never want to stop serving his country or abandon his loved ones.

"This is odd and out of place for him. It's against his character. It's against his moral values. This is a good soldier- two tours in Iraq. He's never shunned anything that comes his way. He loves his country," Rutter said.

"I don't know what the circumstances are but I don't care. I just want my brother back. Dexter, if you're out there and you can see this- know that your family loves you and just come home," said Graham's brother, John.

Sergeant Graham was last seen driving a tan, 4-door Mitsubishi Mirage, tag number 43M629B with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-239-7072.