A missing West Point cadet has sparked a search involving multiple law enforcement agencies. It began on Saturday morning. The Academy also stated that an M4 rifle is missing. He has been missing since about 5:30 p.m. on Friday when he failed to turn up for a road march.
Update: The Army released the name of the missing cadet: Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, from Gardena, Calif.. There has been no cell phone or financial activity since he went missing on Friday, according to the Army Times.
West Point doesn’t believe the cadet has “access to any magazines or ammunition” but also stated that he may be a danger to himself. His name was not released. They believe he is not a danger to the public or the school.
After initial search efforts by the cadets through academic and athletic facilities and cadet barracks were unsuccessful, military police joined the search around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. The New York State Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel were included in the search soon after. By Sunday morning, the Coast Guard was included in the search to patrol the shoreline.
Local hospitals were checked to no avail. The Coast Guard joined the search at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday to check the coastline for any signs of the cadet.
Helicopters, drones, and K9 units were deployed in an effort to find the missing cadet.
“I want to thank the local and state law enforcement agencies and emergency services for their tireless support.” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point Superintendent
The Academy is operating under “normal conditions,” with increased “protection status.”
“We will continue to search with all means possible, on and off West Point. Safely locating the Cadet remains our focus and number one priority…We have increased Military Police patrols at sporting events and across the Academy as a precautionary measure and to assist in safely locating the missing Cadet.” West Point
West Point academy has over 4,000 cadets. In recent years they have also incurred several issues that have marred the prestigious Military School, from Communists among the cadets and instructors to students rebelling against protocols. Hopefully, they will find this missing cadet soon.
Featured photo: screenshot of Army Photo of a road march for the class of 2022 by Matthew Moeller