US Military Academy ramps up search efforts for missing West Point cadet

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The U.S. Military Academy is ramping up search efforts for a missing West Point cadet.

Helicopters, drones and dive teams are being used to help find the cadet who has been missing since Friday.

West Point officials say 130 soldiers were brought in from Fort Drum, New York, helping ground searchers who have covered more than 2,000 acres in the West Point cantonment area.

The search has extended to the Hudson River, as well as lakes and ponds on West Point, where state police dive teams are using sonar technology.

CSX railroad police have provided three dogs to search along railroad tracks near the military academy.

The cadet has been missing since 5:30 p.m. Friday after he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition.

He is not believed to pose a threat to the public, but could be a danger to himself.

Officials saying an M4 rifle is also missing, but the cadet is not believed to have any magazines or ammunition.

There is an increased force protection status at West Point as the search continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Point military police at 845-938-3333.

 

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