A Marine infantry battalion at Camp Lejeune has still not located the pair of rifles that went missing in a training area in North Carolina late December, according to a Marine Corps spokesman.
- According to Marine Corps Times, personnel with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines are no longer "actively" hunting for the weapons as Naval Criminal Investigative Service has taken over the search from the Corps.
- When questioned by Military.com, 2nd Marine Division spokesman 1st Lt. Dan Linfante declined to state if any Marines had been punished over the incident.
- The circumstances of the gear's disappearance are still subject to an active NCIS investigation.
- "Accountability is key – and trained to often – in 2nd Marine Division," Linfante told Task & Purpose when the news of the incident first surfaced. "We take incidents like this very seriously."