Maupins Say 3 of Son's Captors In Custody

(BATAVIA, OH) -- The father of a captured soldier whose remains were recently found in Iraq believes his son's captors will stand trial soon.

Keith and Carolyn Maupin are in Washington D.C. this week to learn the details surrounding their son's death in Iraq.

SSgt. Matt Maupin's remains were found last month, almost four years after his convoy was attacked in 2004.

The last time the Maupins were in Washington D.C., it was September. It was their ninth trip there to get some answers about the where Matt might be. This time, they go with heavy hearts, wanting to know how Matt died.

Keith and Carolyn have worked tirelessly to bring Matt home, and now that his remains have been recovered, they hope that on this trip to meet with military officials in the U.S. and in Iraq, they learn who did it.

Keith says three of the Iraqi men seen in a video in which Matt is surrounded by guns and men wearing hoods over their heads are in custody.

"I think they're still in U.S. custody but they're going to Iraqi courts. There ain't none of this life sentence. There is a life sentence, it's 24 hours," said Keith Maupin.

Lt. Col. Steve Stover, a military spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad, said the family will be briefed before any information is released publicly.

"Some of the guilty parties are currently in custody, while others are still at large," Stover said.

The Maupins say there is some peace in knowing that someone will pay for Matt's death.

"He couldn't defend himself and they killed him anyway. That's chicken," said Keith.

Keith hopes that even though Matt isn't coming home alive, that the military is better prepared the next time a U.S. soldier is captured.

"It wasn't just for Matt, but maybe more for the next guy that gets captured. Maybe they'll know what to do and get him back quicker," said Keith.

On Thursday, the Maupins will meet via satelite with military leaders in Iraq. They hope to learn where exactly Matt was found, what led them to him, and how he ended up there.

The Maupins believe their son's remains will arrive in Cincinnati around April 26. They've planned a 24-hour visitation starting that day, followed by a memorial service April 27 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Corey McConnell with information from the Associated Press