(newsweek) – Missing Paratrooper Found Dead After Extensive Search in Washington State

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Paratroopers jump off planes as they take part in an exercise on August 26. A U.S. soldier has died after he went missing on Friday from a parachute jump over Washington state, police said. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS
FILED UNDER: U.S., US Army, Washington

A U.S. soldier who went missing on Friday from a parachute jump over Washington state has died, police said.

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.

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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.

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