Soldier who disappeared during parachute ‘exercise’ found dead in Washington

Updated: September 15, 2015
Soldier who disappeared during parachute exercise found dead in Washington

A soldier who disappeared during a parachute training exercise in Washington state has been found dead.

The paratrooper, who was with Special Forces from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, went missing after he jumped out of a plane during a training exercise around noon local time on Friday. Dozens of local police officers and search and rescue teams covered a multi-mile radius throughout the day to find out where the soldier might have landed. Officials have not yet identified the soldier.

He was found by early Saturday morning, but did not survive, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) confirmed.

The U.S. Army and MCSO are investigating the incident as a “tragic training accident.” There has been no indication of what might have gone wrong with the paratrooper.

Last week in Montana, a soldier with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command was injured after his parachute failed to deploy during a training exercise.