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Body found in coal chute was soldier

Posted at 12:15 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 14:15:07-05

Cochise County Sheriff's deputies identified the body of a man found in a power plant's coal chute in June as a 21-year-old Devon Lee Ward, a California soldier stationed at Fort Bliss.

Deputies say the body was found at 12:30 a.m. June 27 at the Apache Generating Station near Cochise, Ariz. Workers found the body when they investigated a malfunctioning coal rotary plow, finding partial skeletal bones and decomposing body parts.

According to the Pima County Medical Examiner, the body may have been in a coal train before being dumped into the coal chute.

Deputies continue to investigate the death.