U.S. Military Academy at West Point says a cadet and M4 rifle are missing

WEST POINT, New York (WABC) -- An extensive search is underway for a cadet at West Point who has gone missing.

The U.S. Military said 20-year-old Kade Kurita, from Gardena, California, was last seen at the academy on Friday around 5:30 p.m. He was reported missing after he failed to show up for an initial road march for a military skills competition at the academy over the weekend.

School officials said an M-4 rifle is also missing, but Kurita isn't believed to have any ammunition magazines.

They said there's no indication the cadet is a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself.

Law enforcement agencies and emergency services, including the U.S. Coast Guard, are helping Military Police in their search. So far, officials have covered over 6,000 acres on West Point.

A New York State Police helicopter and K-9 unit have also been deployed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Point Military Police at 845-938-2208.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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