What to Know
An extensive search is underway for a cadet at West Point who has gone missing with his rifle
The U.S. Military said the cadet was scheduled to participate in a military skills competition this past weekend but didn't show up
Officials say he does not pose a threat to the public, but may be a danger to himself
An extensive search is underway for a cadet at West Point who has gone missing.
The U.S. Military said the cadet, whom they identified only as a member of the Class of 2021, was last seen at the academy on Friday. He was scheduled to participate in a military skills competition this past weekend but failed to show up.
Officials said Sunday the cadet's M4 rifle is also missing, but they don't believe he has any magazines or ammunition. They say he does not pose a threat to the public, but may be a danger to himself.
Law enforcement agencies and emergency services, including the U.S. Coast Guard, are helping the military in their search, which has already spanned West Point's academic and athletic facilities as well as its cadet barracks.
A New York State Police helicopter and K-9 unit have also been deployed.
"I want to thank the local and state law enforcement agencies and emergency services for their tireless support," LTG Darryl Williams, 60th Superintendent U.S. Military Academy, said in a statement. "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."
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Point Military Police at 845-938-3333.