THE MARINE CORPS IS LAUNCHING A FORMAL INVESTIGATION, INTO WHETHER A LEBANESE-AMERICAN MARINE -- WITH FAMILY, HERE IN UTAH -- DESERTED HIS UNIT IN IRAQ... OR LATER, AFTER RETURNING TO THE STATES.

A PHOTO -- OF A BLINDFOLDED CORPORAL WASSEF HASSOUN -- TURNED UP ON AL-JAZEERA TELEVISION, A WEEK AFTER HIS 2004 DISAPPEARANCE.

HE SOON CONTACTED THE MILITARY, CLAIMING HE HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED.

BUT THEN -- AFTER RETURNING TO AMERICA -- HASSOUN WAS ALSO REPORTED MISSING, WHILE VISITING RELATIVES IN WEST JORDAN.