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Police say the wife of Clinton Lewis (above), Fort Bliss soldier Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis, is missing and considered in danger.

EL PASO, Texas - Police say a female Fort Bliss soldier is missing and considered in danger after she did not report for work Friday and they found evidence of foul play inside her apartment.

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Authorities were searching for Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis, 29, and her husband, Clinton. El Paso Officer Chris Mears said they believe the couple is together and want to talk to her husband, Clinton Lewis, 34, about the disappearance.
Mears said investigators have been told by people who know the soldier that she and her husband, who is not in the Army, have been having marital problems.
Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said that when Jenessa Lewis didn't report to physical training or work, soldiers from the 5-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Brigade went to her off-post apartment to check on her. The apartment she shares with her husband was locked, prompting the call to police.
When police arrived just after noon, investigators found evidence of foul play, Mears said.
Mears said neither Lewis nor her husband were at the apartment. He would not discuss details of what officers found in the apartment.
Investigators are looking for a 2001 white Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Texas tags the couple is believed to be in.
Jeneesa Lewis has only been stationed at Fort Bliss for a few months and arrived at the post alone, Offutt said. According to Army records, Jeneesa Lewis' children are living in Tennessee.
Lewis is the fourth young female service member to go missing in recent months.
In January, the body of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, of Vandalia, Ohio, was found in the backyard of a fellow Marine. Cpl. Cesar Laurean fled to Mexico but was captured in April and is now charged with Lauterbach's murder. She was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Last month, the decomposing body of Spc. Megan Touma, of Cold Spring, Ky., was found in a motel near Fort Bragg, N.C. No arrests have been made in that case.
Earlier this month, Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, of Dubuque, Iowa, was found dead three days after a suspicious fire was discovered at her Fayetteville, N.C., apartment. Her husband, Marine Cpl. John Wimunc, 23, was charged with murder, first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the death of his wife.

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Family: Missing Fort Bliss soldier found alive

EL PASO, Texas -- A Fort Bliss soldier considered missing and endangered has been found hurt but alive, her sister said Monday.
Tammy Skelton said she talked to Army Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis on Sunday by phone, and her sister said she had been beaten and stabbed twice. Skelton said her sister "sounded tired, scared and weak."
Her husband, Clinton W. Lewis, has been jailed on an aggravated kidnapping charge. He was being held on $75,000 bond, according to jail records, which did not show if he had an attorney.
"Clinton had seen it on the news and decided to turn himself in," Skelton said in a phone interview from her home in Rogersville, Tenn.
Delores Pigeon, Jeneesa Lewis' grandmother, said Jeneesa Lewis called late Sunday to say her husband abducted her from her El Paso apartment last week, drove her to Nevada and then came back to El Paso to turn himself in.
"He took her into Nevada," Pigeon said. "She said she's in shock. She's got two big holes in her legs and she lost of a lot of blood."
Pigeon said the family was elated to receive the call from officials in El Paso late Sunday telling them what happened.
"I was just so excited last night to her voice," Pigeon said. "She has bumps and bruises all over. You don't always hear good stories, but thank God this is good."
El Paso police told the El Paso Times late Sunday that Jenessa Lewis, a 29-year-old mother of three, had been located and was speaking with detectives but offered few other details.
Jeneesa Lewis was reported missing Friday after she didn't show up for work at Fort Bliss, just outside El Paso. When soldiers from her unit found her apartment locked and no one apparently inside, they called police.
Skelton said police reported to the family that the apartment was a wreck and blood was found inside.
In the days leading up to her disappearance, Jeneesa Lewis was planning to leave her husband of two years, Skelton said. The soldier sent her sister a series of text messages saying that Clinton Lewis had left and had even sent a picture of that looked like it was taken from inside of a Greyhound bus.
"She left him an envelope with money and a note telling him to leave and not to come back," Skelton said. "She was so happy, saying he's 400 miles away."
By Wednesday afternoon, Skelton said, Jeneesa Lewis believed her husband was gone for good and started making plans to go back to her apartment and start over without him.
"Hey sis he's gone so when my check comes I'm going to buy a futon," Jeneesa Lewis wrote in the text message Wednesday, Skelton said. "Yeah, he's gone. Had police go with me yesterday, it's all clear."
But police believe Clinton Lewis, who is wanted in Tennessee on a warrant for not paying back child support and has a decade-long criminal history that includes an assault charge, came back to the apartment and then took off with Jeneesa Lewis.
She was last heard from in a text message at 4:56 p.m. Thursday when she chatted with Skelton about arranging the phone company to come out and set up a new line at her apartment.
Skelton said the pair met about a half-dozen years ago at a Tennessee night club. At first, Clinton Lewis seemed charming and fun, but the relationship soon became tumultuous and, Skelton says, abusive.
"He was all charm and fun then I guess," Skelton said. "He's a very likable person. He could walk up to you and you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread."
The pair married about two years ago after a series of break ups and make ups. Skelton said her sister was often terrified of her husband but never reported the abuses to police and only recently confided in relatives about what Skelton says was really happening.
"She would never tell us the whole story," Skelton said.
Skelton said she constantly urged her sister, a mother of three young children, to leave Clinton Lewis.
"He told her that if she ever left him, he'd kill her. If he couldn't have her, no one could," Skelton said. "I've heard him say that myself, several times."
Skelton said her sister joined the Army last year to get away from her husband and start a new life with her children -- 4-year-old Clinton Jr., 7-year-old Gabrielle Buttry, and 9-year-old Toni Marie Buttry.
The children have been living in Tennessee with Jeneesa Lewis' mother. The soldier planned to moved the children to Texas once she got a place to live on Fort Bliss.

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