Search on for GJ soldier reported AWOL

A Grand Junction man who fled a police escort at Denver International Airport was still being sought Friday on suspicion of being absent without leave from the Army.

Twenty-year-old Pvt. Terrance Hilton, a Grand Junction native, was being transferred to Fort Carson when he fled while in Concourse B of the airport. He was handcuffed at the waist at the time. He had been arrested in Salt Lake City.

District 51 officials on Friday could not say whether Hilton attended high school locally.

A MySpace page for Terrance Hilton shows his photo and is headlined with “US army ‘MP’ till i die.” Hilton is listed as a 20-year-old male from Colorado Springs who last logged into the site Sept. 2. His mood is listed as “hungover.”

Denver Police Department spokeswoman Loretta Beauvais said authorities don’t know whether Hilton attempted to return to the Grand Junction area.

“People are looking for him,” she said.

Hilton is 5 feet 10 inches, about 145 pounds and has hazel eyes and short, light-brown hair. He was wearing a dark green or black hooded sweatshirt, a white T-shirt, black shorts and tennis shoes. Hilton does not have a history of being violent, according to the Denver Police Department.

Fort Carson officials said Hilton belonged to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

If and when Hilton is apprehended, his case will be handled by the Army, Denver police said.


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