Military drone missing in AZ found in Colorado

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The missing drone was found in Colorado. (Source: Fort Huachuca) The missing drone was found in Colorado. (Source: Fort Huachuca)
A hiker discovered it in the mountains west of Evergreen. (Source: Fort Huachuca) A hiker discovered it in the mountains west of Evergreen. (Source: Fort Huachuca)
The drone sustained damage. (Source: Fort Huachuca) The drone sustained damage. (Source: Fort Huachuca)
FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The $1.5 million military drone that disappeared in southern Arizona was found in a tree by a hiker in Colorado on Thursday.

The drone lost connection with the ground station after it launched on Jan. 31 from Hubbard Landing Zone on the Fort Huachuca’s East Range.

The unmanned aircraft was part of a training missing by the fort’s 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

More than a dozen agencies had been searching for the drone with no luck.

The team was able to reconstruct the aircraft's flight from start to finish by leveraging data from multiple radar returns simultaneously determining course and approximate airspeed and altitude.

Soldiers from Fort Carson, CO, along with Clear Creek County and Jefferson County, CO, sheriff departments are currently assisting with security and recovery efforts.

The military is trying to figure out how the drone ended up in Colorado.

An investigation also continues to determine why the drone lost connectivity with its ground station 

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