Special Forces Paratrooper Found Dead after Training Exercise

Members of the 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, pack up after installing the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord sign at the entrance of the base Sunday. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Abner Guzman)
Members of the 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron, pack up after installing the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord sign at the entrance of the base Sunday. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Abner Guzman)

The body of a soldier missing after he parachuted from a plane around noon Friday in Mason County was found about 10 p.m., according to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Mason County Sheriff's office.

No details were immediately released on where the soldier's body was found or how he might have died. A tweet from the sheriff's office said the Army and the sheriff's office were investigating. The tweet called what happened a "tragic training accident."

The soldier was with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), according to JBLM. No other information on his identity was released.

Search teams spent much of Friday looking for the soldier near Kamilche, according to Maj. Timothy Chavis, Special Forces Group spokesman. Details of why he didn't make it to a drop zone were not immediately known. Chavis said the training exercise wasn't "beginners training."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the Soldier involved in this tragic incident," said Col. Otto K. Liller, commander of the 1st Special Forces Group, in a statement early Saturday. "We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident, and we will do everything in our power to support the family of the brave Soldier who died today."

Walker Orenstein ___

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