WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The search continues for Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, from Gardena, Calif., who has been unaccounted for since Friday, Oct. 18, at approximately 5:30 p.m. when he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition.
"There has been no cell phone or financial activity in over 72 hours," said Col. Cecil Marson, garrison commander of West Point. "This leads us to believe that he is still in the vicinity of West Point."A M4 rifle is also missing. The cadet is not believed to have any magazines or ammunition.The Army Criminal Investigation Division has an ongoing investigation concerning the missing cadet and weapon.At this point, there is no indication Kurita poses a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself.New York State police and the 23rd Military Police Company continue ground search efforts. The military police company consists of approximately 130 Soldiers and arrived yesterday from Fort Drum, N.Y.The Soldiers and state troopers have covered over 6,000 acres on West Point.Poor weather conditions have hampered aviation efforts today.New York State Police dive teams have been using sonar to help search the Hudson River along with lakes and ponds on West Point.West Point is operating under normal conditions with increased law enforcement activity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Point Military Police at 845-938-2208.
West Point will release further information as it becomes available.
About West Point
The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world's premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant--to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.