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Ft. Bliss solider found dead at Elephant Butte lake
By: Elena Arteaga
Sierra County, N.M. A Fort Bliss soldier's body has been recovered from Elephant Butte lake after a search first started Saturday.
Officers from the New Mexico State Police Department's Dive Team was asked to help in the search for a submerged person at the Lake Saturday just before 7:30 P.M.
Officers recovered the body of 21-year-old Rob Allen Vande Zande, of Wisconsin. Vande Zande was found 50-feet from the shore, in eight-feet of water, near the "Dirt Dam." That's south of the main boat ramp area.
New Mexico State police said Vande Zande was a soldier station at Ft. Bliss.
They said it appears Mr. Vande Zande was swimming and began to experience problems preventing him from staying above water.
Alcohol is not a factor in this drowning.
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