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BOISE, IDAHO — Authorities have released the name of the airman from the Mountain Home Air Force Base who died in a fall in a southwestern Idaho canyon.
The 366th Fighter Wing says Airman 1st Class Alexander L. Van Meter died while hiking in Bruneau Canyon on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Herscher, Ill., was an electro-environmental technician in the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
The Idaho Army National Guard used a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to recover his body.
The commander of the 366th Fighter Wing, Col. Chris Short, called the death a tragedy and the loss of a valued member of the unit.
Owyhee County Coroner Aaron Tines says he was notified of the death at about 5 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death remains under investigation.