Missing West Point Cadet Found Dead

Kade Kurita, 20, hadn't been seen since Friday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
In this Sept. 12, 2007, file photo, cadets walk on campus at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

(Newser) – West Point cadet Kade Kurita didn't show up to a military skills competition Friday night, and he'd been missing ever since. On Tuesday night, the 20-year-old's body was found on the grounds of the New York military academy, CBS News reports. The Gardena, Calif., native's cause of death hasn't yet been confirmed, but foul play isn't suspected, authorities say. "We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," says the academy's superintendent in a Facebook post. West Point had previously announced Kurita's M4 rifle was missing, though he wasn't believed to have any magazines or ammo; it was speculated he may be a danger to himself. Officials haven't said what became of the rifle, NBC News reports. (Read more West Point stories.)

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