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West Point officials say they have found the body of a cadet who went missing last Friday.
Officials say the body of Kade Kurita, 20, from California, was found Tuesday night at West Point.
The cause of death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, U.S. Military Academy Superintendent , said in a statement.
Kurita was reported missing on Friday after he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition. Authorities focused their search on the West Point area because they say he had not used his cellphone or had any financial activity.
Officials tell News 12 that 130 soldiers were brought in from a military base upstate to help with ground searches as well.
Kurita's M4 rifle had also been missing. West Point officials tell News 12 the gun has since been recovered
Kurita, head of the Cadet Film Forum, presented actor Stephen Lang with a commemoration just days before he went missing.
Kurita's former high school in California released a statement that says, “It is very difficult for many to deal with the loss of a friend and classmate. A support team of grief counselors from the District will be available on campus to provide counseling and support to students.”