Fort Leonard WoodForeign military officers plead not guilty in Missouri attempted child abduction case

ST. LOUIS • Two Middle East military officers in Missouri for training at Fort Leonard Wood pleaded not guilty this week to charges in an attempted child abduction case, officials said.

“Looks like they are going to be with us for a while,” Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said Friday.

Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, of Jordan, and Antoine Chlela, 31, of Lebanon, are held in the county jail with bail set at $200,000 for each. They are charged with enticement of a child and harassment.

The case has put communities outside the sprawling military base on alert.

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Army Pvt. Elizabeth Lynch-Gonzalez Died By Suicide After Jumping Off the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York (June 10, 2010)

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Pvt. Elizabeth Lynch-Gonzalez, U.S. Army

Army Pvt. Elizabeth Lynch-Gonzalez, 19, died on June 10, 2010 after jumping off the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. Her death was ruled a suicide.

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