AWOL Marine’s case ordered to trial in Boulder |

AWOL Marine’s case ordered to trial in Boulder

Kevin Vaughan
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – Lance Hering, the Boulder Marine who vanished for more than two years before turning up in the Pacific Northwest, will stand trial on a charge of false reporting that stems from his August 2006 disappearance.

Boulder County Court Judge John F. Stavely this morning ruled that based on a psychiatric examination Hering was competent to assist in his defense and scheduled a two-day trial beginning Sept. 29.

The psychiatric report, prepared by Dr. Hal S. Wortzel, also concluding that Hering acted “knowingly” when he and a friend staged his disappearance in Eldorado Canyon State Park. A friend, Steve Powers, told authorities that the two of them were rock climbing when Hering fell and hit his head.

The report sparked a days long search involving hundreds of volunteers.

In reality, Hering had headed to Denver, where he boarded a bus and vanished. He was arrested last November in Port Angeles, Wash., as his father prepared to fly him to the east coast to consult a psychiatrist in preparation for turning himself in to the U.S. Marine Corps.

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