Missing soldier David Folsom, of Waterford Township, found dead

Suicide suspected in David Folsom's death

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A U.S. soldier from Waterford Township who went missing last week has been found dead.

David Folsom, 54, is a brigade command sergeant major with the Michigan National Guard. His wife says he left home on foot Wednesday at about 3:30 a.m. His truck sits in their driveway.

Folsom’s wife said he suffered from PTSD and went missing earlier this month for about nine hours. He couldn’t remember where he went when he returned home. 

During the search for Folsom, Waterford Township police said investigators made contact with local military posts, VFW halls, Camp Grayling, hospitals, and other various military and law enforcement entities, in an attempt to locate him, to no avail. 

His body was found Wednesday in a wooded area near his home. Suicide is the suspected cause of death.

From Waterford Township police: 

Based on circumstances and proximity, a large wooded area near his residence was searched several times by police K9 dogs, and again by search dog teams from Michigan Search and Rescue, again to no avail.

Yesterday at 7:19 p.m., officers and Investigators responded to a wooded area in Waterford near Cooley Lake Road and Cooley Village Lane, after two citizens discovered a deceased person while walking in the woods. Our on-scene investigation confirmed the subject was Mr. Folsom, who appeared to have suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Folsom had been in the Army National Guard for 20 years. He has had deployments to Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan.

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