House ‘all clear’ after search for absent Marine
BOULDER – Police hunting for a Marine accused of faking his own disappearance have searched his parents’ home but said they did not find him.Lance Cpl. Lance Hering, a 22-year-old Iraq war veteran, has been missing since August when a friend reported he wandered away after a rock-climbing accident west of Boulder. The friend later admitted the disappearance was a hoax and said Hering feared other members of his unit accused of killing an Iraqi civilian.Police searched Hering’s parents’ home on Tuesday after getting a tip from the military that he might be there, police spokeswoman Julie Brooks said.Brooks said the house was “all clear” after the search and officers were not looking for Hering elsewhere in the city.Hering, who was on leave at the time from Camp Pendleton, Calif., is wanted on a state charge of false reporting. The Marines consider him “unauthorized absent.” Authorities are not actively looking for him, saying it would require too much time.His mother, Elynne Hering, told the Camera newspaper she did not know where he was.The friend who reported Hering missing, Steve Powers, pleaded guilty in January to false reporting. He was sentenced to probation and community service and ordered to pay $33,000 in restitution for the cost of the sheriff’s department’s five-day search.