Funeral for long-missing soldier

April 27, 2008 7:04:41 AM PDT
Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral of a young Illinois-based soldier whose remains were found in Iraq last month, four years after he was kidnapped west of Baghdad. Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, will host Sunday's memorial for Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin. He is from Ohio.

Maupin was honored on Saturday by hundreds of mourners who lined the Cincinnati streets with American flags as a police procession led his casket to a memorial service.

The 20-year-old was captured in April 2004, when insurgents attacked his fuel convoy. The convoy was part of the Bartonville, Illinois-based 724th Transportation Company.

Maupin's remains were found last month northwest of Baghdad, about 12 miles from the site of the ambush.