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THE search for a missing Army veteran has extended into a third week after he was last seen trying to enter a naval base with serious damage to his car.
Jamell Leeheung II, 25, was last seen on November 25 when he was turned away from the naval base where he lives and works.
“He was a good husband. A good guy,” his father, Jamell Leeheung I, told local CBS affiliate WUSA9.
“Old teachers, old supervisors in the military, everyone has reached out to me and told me how great of a guy my son is, and I hope that we find him and hope for a good outcome.”
On the night of Jamell’s disappearance, he had been talking on the phone with his sister, according to his dad.
An hour later, Jamell – an Army Veteran – got in his car to head to the Indian Head Naval Base near the Potomac River in Maryland, just over 30 miles south of Washington, DC.
Jamell works and lives on the base with his family.
But when he arrived, his father said Jamell wasn’t allowed entry due to serious damage to his vehicle.
“It’s so random and there’s nothing of it makes sense that I can’t form any opinions or theories,” his father told WUSA9.
Jamell’s car was pulled from Mattawoman Creek – located about 11 miles from the naval base – days after his disappearance.
But he was nowhere to be found.
The search for Jamell has continued in the weeks since he was last seen.
On December 9, the search included specialized K9 crews and volunteers.
The group was focused on canvassing near where Jamell’s car was found.
‘HE WAS INVINCIBLE’
Also on December 9 – marking two weeks since his disappearance – Jamell’s wife, Kayla, pleaded for her husband to come home.
“I love you so much. If you’re out there, please come home,” she told WUSA9.
The two are high school sweethearts and share two young children.
“Going through this tough time, I always looked at my husband as my superhero and like he was invincible, so I’m still praying that he is that invincible man, that he will be found,” she said.
But Jamell’s disappearance is taking its toll.
Kayla said their five-year-old son has started asking where his father is.
“He’s starting to cry at night because daddy’s not here, so it’s been tough,” she explained.
“His dad is his best friend. That’s his right-hand man, his wingman.
“For him to not see daddy right now is taking a toll on him slowly like he’s starting to understand.”
Kayla said she’s holding onto hope that someone who knows something will come forward.
“This is the love of my life,” Kayla said.
“I’ve been with him since I was a teenager, and I really need answers right now.
“Because this is my real life, this is not a game, this is not for fake. I need answers.”
‘HEARTBREAKING’ TO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT HIM
Jamell’s father hopes the pressure to find his son stays in place.
“It means a lot knowing that he’s getting the help and the attention that he deserves,” his father said.
“I’m scared that after a while, if we don’t find him we’re going to lose some of that.
“Just to watch his sisters, you know, try to live life right now without him is heartbreaking,” he continued.
“And, especially my grandson….he really adores and admires his dad.”
Jamell is described as being 6-foot-2 and around 162 pounds.
His father said Jamell has a disability.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Bringley with the Charles County Sheriff’s Department at 301-609-6499.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or indictment of someone responsible for a crime in the county.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to the naval base and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for comment.