Fallen Soldier Returns Home To Sapulpa

Thursday, July 23rd 2020, 9:35 pm
By: Kristen Weaver

SAPULPA, Okla. -

Oklahomans lined the streets Thursday to honor a fallen soldier on his return home.

Sapulpa native Gregory Wedel-Morales disappeared from Fort Hood last year. He was later found dead under suspicious circumstances.

The family said having Gregory's body back home is a step toward closure, but it's not the end of their fight for justice.

"We're glad to officially get him home," said Destinee Wedel.

Gregory Wedel-Morales' sister-in-law Destinee Wedel said Thursday was a step in the grieving process for her family.

The soldier went missing last year at his military base in Fort Hood and was labeled absent without leave. Last month, his remains were found in a shallow grave near the base. The investigation is still ongoing, and investigators suspect foul play.

"We have closure of where he is now but still the question of what happened to him." she said.

Just a few days ago, the family learned he was reinstated and will receive full military honors.

On Thursday his body landed in Tulsa and he was escorted home to Sapulpa.

"They signed that blank check for their life and we're here to honor them and what they sacrificed," said David Priest, with the Patriot Guard Riders.

The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the family alongside first responders.

People from all over lined the streets of Sapulpa, ready to welcome them.

"We're here in support of the fallen soldier that came in from Texas and his family," said Duste Patterson.

The family said the support means the world to them since they were afraid their story would be overlooked.

"It's amazing and a blessing because we felt like he was forgotten even when he was found," Wedel said. "Seeing everybody come together shows he's not forgotten at all."

Gregory's funeral is set for next Thursday in Sapulpa. He will be buried at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with full military honors.