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January 8th, 2011
U.S. Marine back from Afghanistan found dead in Buda


A 25-year-old U.S. Marine who recently returned from a tour to Afghanistan was found dead inside a Buda home Wednesday morning, police say.


Christopher Cody Dahl, a 2004 Hays High School graduate, was discovered dead in his bed at his parent’s home on the 300 block of Live Oak St. There were no visible injuries to his body and nothing to indicate suicide or a suspicious death, Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd said.

Police were told that Dahl had a history of seizures, however, the cause of death is still unknown, Kidd said.

“There’s a whole array of possibilities. It’s hard to speculate right now,” Kidd said.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Scott Cary ordered an autopsy and toxicology report from Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, Kidd said.

Dahl was a Marine corporal who had served two tours in Afghanistan. Dahl is remembered for his adventurous spirit that led him to sports, hunting, fishing, worldwide travel and to the Marine Corps. He was also known for his quirky humor, his obituary says.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Renee Dahl, and father, Bobby Joe Dahl.

A visitation service for Dahl is slated to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Harrell Funeral Home at 4435 Frontier Trail in Austin, located near South Lamar and Ben White.

His funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hays Hills Baptist Church on 1401 North FM 1626 in Buda. A burial procession will then head to Norse Our Savior Lutheran Church in Clifton near Waco.

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