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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A haunted house has a long list of requirements for anyone who is brave enough to step inside, or patient enough to fill out a detailed 40-page waiver.

McKamey Manor is not for the faint of heart and even the most extreme scare seekers must first consult a doctor, pass a drug test and clear a background check.

As a safety precaution, the haunted house located in Summertown, Tennessee, lists the following "basic" prerequisites for any potential visitors on its website.

- 21 and above, or 18-20 with parents approval.
- Completed "Sports Physical" and Doctors letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared.
- Pass a background check provided by MM.
- Be screened via FB face time or phone.
- Proof of medical insurance.
- Sign a detailed 40-page waiver.
- Pass a portable drug test on the day of the show.

According to the website, the waiver process alone takes three to four hours.

"This is an audience participation event in which (YOU) will live your own Horror Movie," according to the description on the site. "This is a rough, intense and truly frightening experience. You must be in GREAT HEALTH to participate. Last year's haunt was absolutely nothing compared to the new MCKAMEY MANOR."

The owner and operator, Russ McKamey, also records a video of each experience and shares the videos on his YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers.

McKamey Manor has been featured on two different Netflix series that explore scary and haunted experiences.  The haunted house promises to test guests to their very core, but rest assured, "If things become too much, you can always quit...if we let you."

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iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- The family of one of the men who died when the Hard Rock hotel collapsed two weeks ago in downtown New Orleans has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building's developers.

The hotel was under construction on Oct. 12, when the top floors came tumbling down, killing three construction workers and injuring dozens of others. The cause of the collapse is currently under investigation.

Kamren Schexnayder and Angela Magrette Ortega, the daughter and twin sister of one of the victims, Anthony Magrette, said in their lawsuit that the developers failed to provide a safe working environment for the workers.

Schexnayder and Ortega said Magrette, 49, was "alive at the time the Hard Rock began to collapse" and the companies are responsible for "his conscious physical pain and suffering and mental anguish immediately preceding his death."

They are also suing for their own mental suffering.

Both women arrived at the scene of the collapse before rescue workers could find Magrette and witnessed his body removed from the rubble, according to the lawsuit.

The two filed the suit on Tuesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against multiple companies: 1031 Canal, Kailas Development, Citadel Builders, Moses Engineers, Harry Baker Smith Architects, and Heaslip Engineering.

“Our highest priority is the care and concern for the families involved," 1031 Canal said in a statement. "While there are many questions that are unanswerable at this juncture, our prayers and sympathies are with the good men and women who have been affected. We are hopeful that the thoughts and prayers throughout the community will help us as we continue to work with local authorities and the General Contractor to identify the causes of the incident.”

A statement on Citadel Builder's website read, in part, "safety has always been and shall remain a priority for our employees and subcontractors."

Harry Baker Smith Architects declined to comment, and the remaining companies did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

The majority of the companies named in Tuesday's lawsuit are facing separate litigation from victims who were injured in the collapse and have alleged negligence.

The bodies of the two other victims who died, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly, have not been removed from the building.

Quinnyon Wimberly II, the son of the elder Wimberly, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Monday, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

NOLA Ready, the city's emergency preparedness agency, said that the recovery efforts of the two victims is "top priority" and will begin as "as soon as it is safe to do so."

Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office did not immediately respond to ABC News as to when that would be.

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iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Mass blackouts will be affecting hundreds of thousands of California residents in an effort to prevent wildfires amid a forecast of hot and windy weather.

The forecast poses a higher risk for damage and sparks on the electrical grid, which could contribute to "rapid wildfire spread," Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said in a statement.

About 179,000 customers in 17 counties in Northern California will be affected by the public safety power shutoff, or PSPS. The shutoffs will happen in waves in different counties, beginning at 3 p.m. local time.

The peak high-winds period should end around noon Thursday in the Sierra Foothills, North Bay and San Mateo County and by noon Friday in Kern County, according to PG&E.

After the high winds subside, technicians will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they weren't damaged and restore power as quickly as possible. The "vast majority" of customers should have electricity within 48 hours after the weather passes, according to PG&E.

Southern California Edison also announced Wednesday afternoon that more than 308,000 customers could have their power cut, and San Diego Gas & Electric may cut power to 23,944 customers.

PG&E began warning customers on Monday about the possibility of the second deliberate blackout this month.

The heavy wind gusts during the last PSPS, which affected more than 2 million people, caused more than 100 instances of serious damage and hazard on PG&E's distribution and transmission lines.

In Southern California, the deadly Saddleridge Fire ignited on Oct. 10 near an electrical transmission line operated by Southern California Edison. The company had shut down some of its power lines, but not the one running through Sylmar in Los Angeles County.

"The sole purpose of PSPS is to significantly reduce catastrophic wildfire risk to our customers and communities," PG&E officials said in a statement on Monday. "We know that sustained winds above 45 mph are known to cause damage to the lower-voltage distribution system and winds above 50 mph are known to cause damage to higher-voltage transmission equipment."

The announcement of the most recent blackout drew anger from community members who criticized the power company for not working to find alternative solutions sooner.

PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian told ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM that it's installing devices to divide the grid into smaller segments so blackouts are targeted in smaller areas.

The company aims to end PSPS events within the next 10 years, PG&E President and CEO Bill Johnson said before the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday.

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iStock(HEBBRONVILLE, Texas) -- Two helicopters collided in midair as the pilots herded deer on a ranch in Texas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The two Robinson R22 helicopters crashed Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m. local time on a ranch near Hebbronville, Texas, about 150 miles south of San Antonio, FAA officials announced in a statement.

The conditions of the occupants have not been confirmed, officials said. Their identities were not released.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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iStock(BERLIN, N.J.) -- A service dog in New Jersey is lucky to be alive after she was nearly strangled by her collar -- to the point of passing out -- and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Debbie Mazza was driving in Berlin, New Jersey, recently with her puppy, named Ava, traveling in a crate in the back of her car. Ava’s collar got ensnared on her crate, cutting off her breathing, causing the puppy to pass out, according to ABC News’ Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.

Mazza, who was given Ava as a service dog after Mazza lost her daughter to melanoma last year, immediately called 911 for assistance.

"When we walked up to the car we noticed that the dog's paw was entangled in the cage," said Chief Michael Kernan with the Berlin Borough Fire Company. "It was in trouble and it was gasping for breath."

Kernan, along with two others who responded to Mazza’s call, treated the puppy on the scene.

"I remember saying to one of them...please don't let her die," recalled Mazza.

Mazza told WPVI-TV that she is incredibly grateful to the first responders for saving Ava's life.

Mazza later took Ava to the Berlin Borough Fire Company so she could thank the firefighters in person, and she brought dinner for the firehouse as a thank you.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Genetic genealogy has led authorities to the man who allegedly raped and strangled to death a Wisconsin teenager decades ago.

But there will be no arrest since the suspect, Philip Cross, died of a drug overdose in 2012, Ozaukee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said at a news conference on Tuesday.

On the morning of Dec. 15, 1984, Traci Hammerberg, 18, was found battered and naked from the waist down, lying on a driveway, Johnson said. She had been violently raped, strangled and repeatedly struck on the side of her head, the sheriff said.

The night before, she had gone to a party with friends, and was last seen leaving the party on foot, the sheriff said.

"She was known to accept rides from people she knew, or hitchhike," the sheriff said.

Cross, who was 21 at the time of the crime, was identified as a suspect this year after investigators turned to genetic genealogy, which uses an unknown suspect's DNA from a crime scene to trace his or her family tree based on relatives who voluntarily submitted their DNA to a public database.

The first public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 arrest of the suspected "Golden State Killer."

Since then, genetic genealogy has helped lead to dozens of other suspect identifications. But it has also drawn criticism from some civil liberties advocates, who say it raises significant privacy concerns.

The DNA left on Hammerberg's body was uploaded to a public genetic genealogy database, which analysts used to begin building a family tree of the possible suspect, the sheriff said.

The closest relative was a second cousin, the sheriff said, and from there, analysts started building a family tree and looking for related men who could have been a suspect.

On Aug. 28, Philip Cross was identified as a potential suspect, the sheriff said. His DNA was obtained from his 2012 autopsy, and on Sept. 3, investigators got confirmation that the DNA profile from Hammerberg's body was consistent with Cross' DNA, Johnson said.

Cross was never interviewed in connection to Hammerberg's killing, authorities said, though they might have known one another. Hammerberg's brother says Cross used to ride the same school bus as them, authorities said.

In a police interview in 1978 following a reported car theft, Cross allegedly said he "sometimes" "does things without realizing what he's doing," the sheriff said.

Cross served time in prison for forgery and was released in April 1984, Johnson said.

In 1991 Cross allegedly tried to strangle a woman; the woman escaped and said she did not know what triggered Cross to attack her, Johnson said.

The sheriff said he has "mixed feelings" that Cross cannot be arrested for this crime.

"I wanted him to face greater justice. He stole Traci's life. He was able to live the life he wanted," Johnson said.

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MCCAIG/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Teachers in the nation's third-largest public school system and their supporters are taking to the streets in Chicago as a week-long strike continues.

All told, thousands are expected to march on Wednesday, with several different streams of protesters leading to City Hall.

Wednesday marks the seventh day of the strike and the fifth day of missed classes.

The rallies have forced street closures and more police are being deployed to the area, the Chicago Police Department spokesperson tweeted.

Teachers and their unions are battling with Chicago leaders, including mayor Lori Lightfoot, on several fronts, primarily pay and benefits, smaller class sizes and providing more support staff.

Wednesday's march to City Hall began before Lightfoot gave her 2020 budget address.

The Chicago Teachers Union is seeking 15 percent raises over three years in addition solutions for staffing concerns regarding substitute teachers, librarians, school nurses and social workers.

The strike has gained national attention, with several Democratic presidential candidates weighing in. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, previously a teacher, went to Chicago to rally with protesting teachers on Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders visited the union before the strike officially launched and former Vice President Joe Biden applauded the teachers' "courage" over the weekend.

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New Jersey State Police(BRIDGETON, N.J.) -- The family of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who has been missing for more than a month, is planning a "massive search" in Bridgeton, N.J., on Sunday.

"We still have hope that we will find her. We will never give up the hope," Norma Perez Alavez, Dulce's grandmother, said in Spanish at a press conference Wednesday. Alavez asked for the members of the community to get involved.

Jackie Rodriguez, who served as an interpreter for Alavez, said the civilian search will go door-to-door with fliers and check areas "that have not yet been searched." It was not immediately clear which areas Rodriguez meant.

Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari told ABC News law enforcement had no involvement in Sunday's efforts.

The family plans to pass out fliers of the sketch that authorities recently released of a man who is believe to be a "possible witness." They hope someone will recognize the man, who was allegedly at the Bridgeton City Park around the time Dulce went missing.

The search, which will cover parts of Bridgeton and other nearby cities, begins at 9 a.m. at the park.

Dulce has been missing since Sept. 16, and authorities have few answers to countless questions surrounding her disappearance.

"We have not given up and remain hopeful that we will determine the circumstances that led to Dulce’s disappearance," Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a statement on Oct. 16.

No suspects have been identified.

The sketch of the "possible witness" was released last week. The prosecutor's office said the man in the sketch is someone who they want to speak with, but noted they are not identifying him as a suspect or person of interest.

Anyone with information on the man or the case is asked to contact Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033 or anonymously text information to TIP411 with the word "Bridgeton."

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BCFC/iStock(DALLAS) -- Attorneys for Amber Guyger, the former Dallas Police officer convicted of murdering her neighbor in his own apartment, have filed a notice to appeal her conviction.

The notice was filed in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals by Guyger's lawyer, Michael Mowla, earlier this month -- just weeks after Guyger, 31, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Texas appellate rules require defendants to file a notice within 30 days after a sentence is imposed or suspended in open court should a new trial be sought, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The notice does not specify the basis of a possible argument for appeal. Mowla did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

Guyger shot and killed 26-year-old St. Lucia native Botham Jean on Sept. 6., 2018, after mistaking his apartment for her own as she returned home from work. Jean was eating ice cream when he was shot.

She was convicted and sentenced Oct. 1 in a Dallas courtroom and began her prison sentence Oct. 7 at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, about 130 miles southwest of Dallas.

The a maximum-security women's prison is the same institution where Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who shot and killed Grammy-winning singer Selena in March 1995, is being held.

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vmargineanu/iStock(SOMERSET, Calif.) -- A Northern California sheriff's deputy -- and husband and father of three -- was shot and killed at the scene of a call Wednesday morning.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael was responding to a report of a theft from a marijuana garden at a private home when he immediately came under fire, El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini said.

In Ishmael's patrol vehicle at the time was an off-duty San Joaquin County deputy who was there for a ride-along, the sheriff said. That deputy returned fired and "did his best to save Brian," D'Agostini said.

The off-duty deputy was shot and underwent surgery and has since been released, he said.

Two men were taken into custody after the shooting in Somerset, about 50 miles east of Sacramento. One of those men was shot and is in unknown condition, the sheriff said.

It is not clear if there are any outstanding suspects, the sheriff said.

The department is now mourning Ishmael, a four-year veteran with the sheriff's office who previously worked for the Placerville Police Department.

Ishmael was a "loving father and husband" who worked and lived in the community, said the sheriff, and was "easy to talk to, kind and always positive."

"We are proud to have had Brian work with us," Placerville police officials said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to our law enforcement brothers and sisters at EDSO, and Deputy Ishmael's family and friends. God Speed Brian."

Condolences have begun to stream in from other law enforcement departments.

 

We are so saddened to learn of another peace officer killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at the El Dorado County SO, the loved ones of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and the community he bravely served. Rest in peace, brother. https://t.co/1Nt3mG1PZu

— SACRAMENTO COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION (@SACDSA) October 23, 2019

 

 

Tragic news from South Lake Tahoe this morning. The men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office extend our deepest prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and all the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office family for their loss. https://t.co/7HbkPhRwCt

— Washoe Sheriff (@WashoeSheriff) October 23, 2019

 

 

We send our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Deputy Brian Ishmael and to his @ElDoradoSheriff family. pic.twitter.com/bLnHc7eXOR

— EGPD (@ElkGrovePD) October 23, 2019

 


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FILE - Erik Grønnestad/iStock(CROSSVILLE, Tenn.) -- The world's largest treehouse was reduced to ashes Tuesday night after an uncontrolled fire raged through it, the fire department said.

The Minister's Tree House stood at 100 feet and, with terraces and staircases, spread across seven massive trees. It was a landmark in the city of Crossville, Tenn., about 100 miles east of Nashville.

Officials received a call that it had gone up in flames at around 10:30 p.m. local time. By the time firefighters got to the scene "it had already fallen down," Bobby Derossett, a spokesman for the Cumberland County Fire Department, told ABC News on Wednesday.

"You're just looking at a black spot on the ground," he said.

Derossett said firefighters could only let the remaining flames burn out and then clean up the area. Officials also managed to contain the flames so the fire would not spread into the woods, according to an incident report from the fire department.

It was not immediately clear what started the fire, but Derossett said there were no electrical fires or storms that night that could have sparked any flames. He added that the fire's cause might never be known.

"Unless somebody comes up and tells us they seen somebody doing it, you'd probably never know what started it," he said.

No injuries were reported.

Landscaper Horace Burgess first had the idea to create the world's largest treehouse in the early 1990s. After running out of lumber, he said he turned to God in hopes of a miracle.

"And the spirit of God said, 'If you build me a treehouse, I'll never let you run out of material,'" Horace once said, according to tourist site Roadside America.

Burgess did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News.

The fire department spokesman said the treehouse was made of lumber scraps people gave to Burgess over the years.

It would eventually become a tourist draw in the small city in east Tennessee.

"Everybody knew about the treehouse. They'd come from all over the country to see it," according to Derossett.

The treehouse became so overrun with tourists the Tennessee State Fire Marshall labeled it a public safety hazard and closed it in 2012, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

It never reopened, but that didn't deter people from trespassing.

"Unless you've got somebody guarding it all the time," Derossett said, people would find a way inside.

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Sumter Police Department(SUMTER, S.C.) -- Authorities in South Carolina say they have found the remains of a 5-year-old girl, more than two months after the man suspected of slaying her mother allegedly admitted to killing the child, too.

The body of Nevaeh Lashy Adams was found last Friday at a landfill near the town of Elgin, S.C., some 40 miles southwest of the city of Sumter where she lived with her mom.

The Sumter Police Department announced Tuesday that DNA tests had confirmed the human remains were those of the little girl.

“This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted," Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said in a statement, "but we hope this can provide some closure to the family."

It took two weeks to prepare the landfill before authorities could begin searching. Landfill search experts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified an area where human remains and other evidence in the case would most likely be found.

Then, some 400 people from more than 40 agencies searched through about 4 million pounds of material at the Waste Management-Richland County landfill for Nevaeh's body, according to police.

“The local community and the state as a whole have been profoundly impacted by this case,” Roark said. “It is our hope that the recovery of Nevaeh will provide a sense of peace to her family, the community, and the hundreds of men and women who participated in this effort.”

The little girl had been missing since her mother, 29-year-old Sharee Bradley, was found dead inside their apartment in Sumter on the night of Aug. 5. Nevaeh was nowhere to be found.

Daunte Maurice Johnson, 28, was arrested a short distance away from the crime scene after he was seen fleeing the neighborhood.

Police said Johnson, who was an acquaintance of Bradley's, confessed to killing both the mother and child. He also allegedly provided information that could help authorities locate Nevaeh's body. Police then shifted their missing persons investigation for the little girl to a "recovery effort."

Johnson has been charged with their murders and was being held at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. Police said he has a criminal record in other states and is a suspect in a Missouri homicide.

“We will continue working with the 3rd Circuit Solicitor’s Office to bring this case to trial," Roark said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The hottest place in the country Tuesday was Anaheim, California, where temperatures rose to a scorching 103 degrees. Even Death Valley, at a cool 96 degrees, was not as hot.

Among the records Tuesday in Southern California: Camarillo reached 99 degrees and San Diego Brown Field Airport hit 97 degrees. Downtown Los Angeles didn't hit a record, but at a scorching 97 degrees, it was still very hot.

Wednesday will be another hot day in Southern California, with highs in the 90s again. But the winds will remain light.

Wednesday will see gusty winds in Northern California, near the San Francisco Bay area.

A red flag warning has been issued for Wednesday into Thursday for a large part of the state of California, from Redding all the way down to the Mexican border.

The highest winds for Southern California, called Santa Ana winds, will begin on Thursday and last into Friday. They'll bring very low humidity and more hot weather to Los Angeles and San Diego.

The National Weather Service is warning residents that this wind event could rival the Saddleridge Fire from October 10-11, and that an extreme red flag warning could be issued for Thursday.

In the meantime, winter storm watches and warnings have already been issued for Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, from Colorado to New Mexico, where some areas could see up to a foot of fresh October snow.

Even Denver could see a month's worth of snow in this one snowstorm, as their October normal snowfall is about 4.2” and that's what's being forecast for the city Wednesday night.

Some of the white stuff could even cover the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, where Amarillo could see 1-2” of snow.

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Alabama Law Enforcement Agency(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Authorities believe they have recovered the body of a missing Alabama toddler who was kidnapped while attending a birthday party earlier this month.

Police said they recovered what appeared to be the body of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney in a Birmingham dumpster not far from where she disappeared nine days ago, the Birmingham Police Department announced Tuesday. The department also said it plans to charge suspects Patrick Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, with capital murder and kidnapping in connection to the case.

The suspects were arrested last week on unrelated charges and were named persons of interests in Kamille's disappearance. Stallworth was arrested on child porn charges and Brown was jailed for violating probation conditions on a previous kidnapping charge.

“We believe that this was something they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, and they did,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith told reporters Tuesday. "I would like to thank the public for all of the information, all of the tips, all of the video and for their cooperation with this police department during the course of this investigation."

Kamille was abducted near a Birmingham housing area on Oct. 12. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said investigators are not aware of any connections between the suspects and the victim's family.

“Tonight our entire city is in mourning. Kamille is gone," Woodfin said Tuesday. "At this moment that we're standing in, I ask one thing of this community: not to take sides and not to finger point. But if there is any finger pointing to do it is only at the perpetrator, who would kidnap an innocent 3-year-old."

Police on Friday released surveillance footage from the night Kamille was abducted. In the video, two children, one of whom is believed to Kamille, are seen playing outside.

One of the men in the video, who apparently "engages the children," is a suspect, Smith said previously.

"The first man who walked by in the video, he may have pertinent information that will help us," Smith said last week. "This is the male we're looking for ... we want to talk to him ... if he saw something that night that may be critical to the investigation."

Police do not yet know a motive for the abduction.

A $28,000 reward had been offered to find the little girl.

"If you have her and you're not sure what to do … please bring her to one of our fire stations, police station, a hospital," Smith said at an earlier press conference. "If you don't know what to do or where to go and you're frightened, we're here to help you ... please bring her to a safe location."

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U.S. Military Academy(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. Military Academy cadet who vanished last week has been found dead, officials said Wednesday.

The body of 20-year-old Kade Kurita was discovered Tuesday night at the West Point military post in New York, where the four-year federal service academy is located. Officials said 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, 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, said in a statement Wednesday.

Kurita had been missing since Friday evening when he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition. A M4 rifle was also missing and presumed to be in possession of the cadet, who officials had said was not believed to have any magazines or ammunition.

There was no indication at the time that Kurita posed a threat to the public, but officials had said he "may be a danger to himself."

Military, federal, state and local agencies took part in an extensive search for the cadet over the past several days.

West Point is about an hour north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River. About 4,000 cadets attend the military school.

Kurita, a native of Gardena, California, was a member of the 2021 graduating class.

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