Fort Bliss Soldier drowns in Elephant Butte lake

Police said they were called by state park officials who said they needed help finding the man.

POSTED: 06:36 PM MDT Sep 15, 2013 

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.