Kade Kurita, the missing West Point Cadet that sparked a massive search effort on Friday, was found deceased at the Academy Tuesday evening. Foul play was not suspected.
Kade did not show up for a scheduled “military skills” competition set for Friday. (Most media referred to it as a “road march.”) We previously reported on the missing cadet, who was not immediately identified.
After fellow cadets searched the Academy to no avail, Academy officials called in “130 military police soldiers from the 23rd Military Police Company from Fort Drum, multiple law enforcement teams, search dogs and military helicopters from the 2nd Aviation Detachment from Stewart Air National Guard Base,” according to Stars and Stripes.
Other search entities included New York State Police, Coast Guard, CSX railroad police, and local police.
West Point Military Academy encompasses 16,000 acres, which made for a five day long search. West Point is situated near the Hudson River about 50 miles north of New York City. He was reportedly found at 9:47 p.m. “at the academy.” No details were released about where he was found. Cause of death is also unknown at this time.
Officials did not believe the Cadet had any ammunition with him for the M4 weapon that went missing with him. Why would he take the weapon if he didn’t have any ammo for it? The Academy likely stated that to assuage any public fears of a mass shooting, because at some point they knew that this cadet was only a danger to himself and not to others.
“We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends…I would like to thank the N.Y. State police and the 23rd MP Company along with partners. They exhibited exceptional professionalism as demonstrated by their tremendous efforts in searching for Cadet Kurita. Lt Gen Daryl Williams, Academy Superintendent
Rest in peace, Cadet Kade Kurita.
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