Pfc. Steven Hodges, 20, of Menifee, California, was found deceased June 1 near Nogales, according to Lt. Col. Roger M. Cabiness II, a spokesman for the 7th ID at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Hodges enlisted in the Army in 2017 and has served as a grenadier with 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, since February 2018, Cabiness said.
"Every Soldier in the Tomahawk Battalion is an essential member of our team; the loss of any soldier is deeply felt," Lt. Col. Sean Lyons, commander of 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, said in a written statement.
"Private 1st Class Steven Hodges is sorely missed by his teammates and the entire Tomahawk family. Every soldier is a national treasure," he added. "We are grateful for all the young men and women who volunteer to serve our nation. We are humbled at the sacrifices their families continue to make on a daily basis. Steven and his family are in our prayers."
The cause of death is under investigation, Cabiness said.
In addition to the Army's investigation, Hodges' death is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department and the FBI because the federal land where he was found falls under their jurisdictions, according to Maj. Mark Lazane, a spokesman for U.S. Northern Command, which oversees the mission to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southern border.
Hodges' awards included the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
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