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April 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Missing soldier found dead in forest near Olympia

A soldier missing from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was found dead this morning in the Capitol Forest near Olympia.

Thurston County search and rescue crews found the body of Chris Dombrowski, 20, of Wasilla, Alaska, near Capitol Peak. He had been missing since Sunday night. Officials do not suspect foul play, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said, but incident remains under investigation.

Dombrowski was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2012 to July 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a JBLM news release. He was a Stryker systems maintainer assigned to the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, NATO Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Dombrowski is the nephew of Steve and Theresa Harris, who are listed as missing in the Oso-area mudslide. Dombrowski had requested and been given emergency leave that allowed him to go to the area and assist in the search, according to Lt. Col. Joseph Sowers, 7th Infantry Division spokesman.

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