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Body Found in North Texas Identified as Missing Soldier

Sheriff says soldier likely died two years after disappearing from Fort Sill, Okla.

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    The human remains found last month in a shallow grave in rural North Texas have been identified as those of a missing U.S. Army soldier.

    The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the remains of Spc. Jose Ramirez were found near a house south of Petrolia, near the Texas-Oklahoma border. Ramirez disappeared from Fort Sill, Okla., in 2005.

    Sheriff Kenny Lemons said Ramirez likely died sometime in summer 2007.

    According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Justin Green told relatives he shot Ramirez "because Ramirez did not believe in God" and had reached for a gun. Green was arrested last month and faces first-degree murder charges.

    He remains in jail, where officials did not have attorney information for him.

    Three others are accused of tampering with evidence.