West Point cadet, missing for 5 days, found dead

By Matt Spillane, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A West Point cadet who had been missing since Friday was found dead Tuesday night at the U.S. Military Academy, the school said.

Cadet Kade Kurita, a 20-year-old from Gardena, California, was found dead at 9:47 p.m., West Point said in a statement Wednesday. The school has not commented on the circumstances of his death.

“We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends,” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point’s superintendent, said in the statement.

Kurita was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. Friday when he did not show up for a scheduled military skills competition.

A massive search ensued, involving West Point Military Police, state police, the Coast Guard, CSX railroad police, local police, and the 23rd Military Police Company from Fort Drum in upstate New York.

When school officials announced his disappearance Sunday, Kurita was not named, but they said an M4 rifle also was missing. Officials said then that Kurita might have been a danger to himself, but that there was no indication that he posed a threat to the public.

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