FARMINGTON — Two men enlisted in the Army who left their base without permission turned themselves in to police Monday after the military issued warrants for their arrest.
Warrants for desertion were issued for Austin M. Seeley, 19, of Farmington, and Noah R. Fisher, 18, of Boise, Idaho, by the Army several weeks ago, according to a deputy from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
The two men apparently drove together from their base at Fort Benning in Georgia to Maine, where Seeley is a native. Police said that once Seeley’s father caught wind of the two being back in the area, he contacted Seeley and convinced them to turn themselves into police.
The pair peacefully surrendered to Franklin County police at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and were charged with fugitive from justice military desertion. They told police that they left their base because of issues they were experiencing with senior officers, though they did not go into detail.
Seeley and Fisher currently are being held without bail and it is pending on whether they will be taken back to their base. Because they were arrested on military warrants, their cases will be heard by a court martial.
Emily Higginbotham — 861-9239