A military drone that disappeared during a mission at Fort Huachuca in Arizona January 31 was found by a hiker in a park near Evergreen on Thursday.
No one was injured but the aircraft was damaged according to a release from Fort Huachuca.
It went missing after losing contact connection with a ground station during a training mission being conducted at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, by the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office say the drone was found in Elk Meadow Park near Stagecoach Drive. A spokesman for Fort Carson confirmed that soldiers from the post were assisting with the drone's recovery.
Military officials initially thought the $1.5 million Shadow UAS aircraft crashed somewhere in the area near Fort Huachuca and might have disintegrated upon impact.
The Shadow is a short-range airborne reconnaissance system that can fly about 134 miles with a flight duration of 8 or 9 hours. It weighs 450 pounds.
Fort Huachuca is in southern Arizona and is about 900 miles south of Evergreen. It's not clear how the drone ended up so far away.