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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.

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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