Hayden Harris Biography — Wiki
Hayden Harris is a missing Fort Drum soldier in upstate New York who has been shot dead in New Jersey and another soldier from the Army base has been arrested in connection to his death. Cpl. Harris was found dead with a gunshot wound in a wooded area of Byram Township, New Jersey on Saturday, according to the New York Times.
Harris, who was from Guys, Tennessee, was last heard from late Thursday into early Friday after he left Fort Drum for Watertown, New York for a ‘vehicle transaction’.
Hayden Harris Age
Hayden Harris was 20 years old at the time of death.
Hayden Harris shot dead
Soldier Jamaal Mellish, who he was slated to meet for ‘some type of vehicle exchange’, was arrested in connection to his death in New York over the weekend. The two soldiers had met to discuss a disagreement over a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, according to Gregory Mueller, a first assistant prosecutor in Sussex County, New Jersey.
Authorities believe Mellish abducted Hayden Harris, drove him 270 miles in the Chevy Silverado from Watertown to Byram County, New Jersey and killed him. It was not clear why the encounter had turned deadly. A third person, a juvenile whose involvement in the attack is still under investigation, was also in the truck, Meuller said.
Mellish is expected to be charged with murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes on Monday, then extradited to New Jersey.
After Harris was last heard from between 8 pm Thursday and 6.30 am Friday, the Army issued a public plea for information on Saturday.
He was last seen driving a red 2016 Ford Mustang with Tennessee license plates, according to Army Facebook posts.
On Saturday members of the Byram Township, the fire department was doing work on Ross Road when they saw a pair of shoes, blood, and paperwork and contacted police.
Responding officers then found Harris in a nearby wooded area, Mueller said, as per NJ.com.
Fort Drum is located near the Canadian border, around 80 miles north of Syracuse.
An investigation into the death of Cpl. Hayden Allen Harris is ongoing and foul play is suspected, the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said in a news release.
What we know so far about Hayden Harris
Hayden Harris joined the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in July 2019 and an infantryman with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Before that he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia.
‘It is well known here that Corporal Harris was a great Soldier, and we share our grief with his friends and family, I hear again and again how he was also – and most importantly – a really wonderful, caring person,’ Brigadier Gen. Brett Funck, acting commander for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement.
‘His death is a tremendous loss for his loved ones, this division and our nation,’ he added.
Harris was promoted from specialist to corporal following his death.