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Fort Bliss Soldier drowns in Elephant Butte lake

By Ashlie Rodriguez, Reporter / Anchor, Ashlie.Rodriguez@kvia.com
Published On: Sep 15 2013 07:36:37 PM CDT

New Mexico state police said they recovered the body of a Fort Bliss soldier in Elephant Butte lake around 7:30 Saturday night.

Police said they were called by state park officials who said they needed help finding the man. Police said the soldier is 21-year-old Rob Allen Vande Zande who is from Wisconsin.

They say the soldier was swimming then started having problems keeping his head above the water. Police said alcohol is not a factor.


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