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JBLM Soldier Spc. Dombroski's death ‘not accidental’

Christopher Dombroski, JBLM Soldier
Christopher Dombroski, JBLM Soldier
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Specialist Christopher Dombroski, 20, died of a gunshot wound that was “not accidental” or the result of foul play said Thurston County officials.

Dombroski went missing in Washington State’s Capitol Forest west of Olympia Sunday night while hiking. He was last heard from around 8:30 p.m.

Searchers from Thurston County Search and Rescue were joined by Dombroski’s Joint Base Lewis McChord unit on Monday to comb the woods in the massive 90,000 acre woodland area. They found his body earlier today.

A public affairs officer from JBLM said Spc. Dombroski was a Stryker systems maintainer. He joined the Army August 2011, and attended Advance Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 91S (Stryker Systems Maintainer) at Fort Lee, Va.

He had deployed once to Afghanistan; returning home July 2013.

A fellow Soldier told investigators that Dombroski was the nephew of Steve and Theresa Harris, who are listed among the missing in the massive Oso, Wash., landslide.

With permission, Dombroski had recently taken several days off to assist in the search for his aunt and uncle. Today the official death toll from the devastating mudslide in Oso reached 37.

Examiner's Note: Adding Spc. Dombroski's death to the mudslide victims, the unofficial death toll reached 38 today. What a heartbreaking loss for everyone. RIP Specialist.

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