A West Point cadet — and a rifle — have been missing since Saturday

By DEANNA PAUL | The Washington Post. | Published: October 21, 2019

The U.S. Military Academy reported a cadet and an M4 rifle missing Saturday morning after a multiagency search didn't find either.

"The cadet is not believed to have any magazines or ammunition," the academy said in a statement released Monday, and law enforcement officials don't think he poses a threat to the public. "But he may be a danger to himself."

The teenager, a member of the class of 2021 whom the academy has not named, was said to have been last seen on campus about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Classmates began looking for him after he missed a military skills competition scheduled over the weekend, officials said.

Military, federal, state and local agencies have made extensive search efforts, including aerial sweeps, and have contacted hospitals.

"We will continue to search with all means possible, on and off U.S. Military Academy," said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the 60th superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy. For now, the academy said, it will operate with "an increased force protection status."

"Safely locating the cadet remains our focus and number one priority," Williams said.

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