A U.S. soldier who worked as a dog handler has died during a mission in Kosovo.


Spc. Robert W. Jones, a 21-year-old originally from Arizona, was serving with the military police in the southeastern European country when he died Saturday, the Army said in a statement.


No cause of death was given, and the statement from the military’s base in Wiesbaden, Germany, said it is currently under investigation.


An Army spokeswoman confirmed to the Daily News that Jones was found at the NATO mission in Kosovo’s Camp Bondsteel, but did not have information about whether he was in a barracks. 

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Lt. Col. Jeffrey Searl, the head of his battalion, said that Jones was a “remarkable Soldier” and he mourned the “tragic loss.”


A spokesman for NATO’s KFOR mission told the News that “KFOR Commander, Major General Salvatore Cuoci, and everyone in the KFOR community was saddened to learn of the death of SPC Robert Jones.”


Before shipping overseas Jones had trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and in San Antonio, Texas.

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