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Hiker found dead in Cheyenne Canyon Park was Fort Carson soldier

lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Updated: April 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

A body found by hikers in Cheyenne Canyon Park Saturday evening is that of a soldier, Fort Carson officials confirmed Monday. First Lt. Bao Huy Vo, 24 may have died after falling 200 feet, Colorado Springs police said.

Vo, with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, had arrived in Colorado Springs in May 2013. While stationed at the Mountain Post, he deployed to Kuwait for four months before returning to Colorado Springs in November 2013, Fort Carson officials said.

In almost two years of service, the solider had garnered an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

A group of hikers found his body at the edge of a trail, about 200 yards from Cheyenne Canyon Road about 6:30 p.m, police said.

The official cause of death will not be released until after a toxicology report is completed in eight weeks, the coroner's office said.

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