Missing West Point Cadet Found Dead After Multi-Day Search

20-year-old cadet Kade Kurita of Gardena, California. (U.S. Army)
20-year-old cadet Kade Kurita of Gardena, California. (U.S. Army)

WASHINGTON -- A 20-year-old West Point cadet who had been missing for days was found dead late Tuesday night, according to U.S. Military Academy officials.

Cadet Kade Kurita of Gardena, Calif., had been missing since Friday evening. The cause of his death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, academy officials said.

"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," said Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of the academy.

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Kurita was reported missing when he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition.

Kurita was found after a massive search across West Point's 16,000 acres involving 130 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.

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