Soldier disappears near Shelton after military parachuting training exercise

  • Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:12am
  • News

By The Associated Press

SHELTON, Mason County — Officials with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office say search and rescue teams are looking for a soldier who disappeared near Shelton after a military parachuting training exercise.

The soldier is part of a special forces unit based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that was training Friday morning over a wooded area in Mason County.

The unidentified soldier was forced to deploy a reserve parachute during the training exercise and hasn’t been seen since.

Q13 Fox News reports that as of Friday night about 110 people were searching in a 6-mile diameter circle of rough terrain and timber using night-vision goggles.

“With this area, he could be hanging in a tree,” Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Ryan Spurling told Q13. “We don’t know if he’s injured or not. We don’t know if he’s alive and trying to come back. We don’t know if he’s mortally injured.”

A search party made up of Mason County deputies, military personnel, tribal officials and others has set up a command post in Shelton.

More in News

Spencer Weber
A scene from the photo archives of the Northwest Maritime Center's Race to Alaska looks deceptively serene. The 750-mile race of unmotorized watercraft from Port Townsend to Ketchikan is on again this year.
Race to Alaska ready to sail

Contest resumes after two-year hiatus

Timber sale, block grants discussed at county meetings

Government entities meet next week on North Olympic Peninsula

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group

The Rev. ClayOla Gitane, rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, places signs and teddy bears in memory of the 21 victims of Tuesday's mass shooting in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Church hosts candlelight service for Texas school shooting victims

Prayer vigil tonight will include an interfaith service

c
NWI: Purchase protects Discovery Creek headwaters

Ninety-one acres bought from Rayonier

Dr. Gib Morrow, Dr. Allison Berry and OESD Superintendent Greg Lynch.
Public health officers honored for COVID-19 work

Greg Lynch, superintendent at the Olympic Educational Service District 114,… Continue reading

Charges to be urged after report of toy guns at schools

Students allegedly pose on campuses over weekend

Memorial Day edition available online only

Memorial Day is a federal holiday and the U.S. Postal Service does… Continue reading

Memorial Day ceremonies set Monday

Flags to be placed on veterans’ graves on Saturday

Most Read