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ELOY — A member of the military was killed in an apparent parachuting accident in Pinal County.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told PinalCentral that a soldier died during a training event Monday night or early Tuesday morning near Eloy.

Bymer would not say what kind of training was going on at the time of the death but locals in the Eloy area say the soldier died during a night-time parachute jump. Bymer said the matter is under investigation and the soldier’s body was recovered Tuesday near Eloy.

More information will be provided later as this is a developing story.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at