Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Wednesday that an anti-tank weapon recovered from an off-base location was never on the base to begin with.
"Upon initially investigating the incident in September 2011, JBLM officials determined that the weapon found was not at JBLM," I Corps spokesperson LTC Gary Dangerfield said in a statement.
JBLM investigators do not know where the weapon came from but believe that it did not come from JBLM.
KING 5 News reported Tuesday that five Army soldiers are under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for smuggling a rocket launcher off the base.
Sources told KING 5 News that the M72 light anti-tank weapon (LAW) was armed with a live rocket.
"JBLM takes the security of weapons systems and ammunition very seriously," Dangerfield said. "A check of the on-base inventory of M72s for the past five years has revealed no discrepancies. We will not speculate on where the weapon came from; that is part of the BATF's ongoing investigation."