Air Force Academy provides little information about cadet death

From The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Officials released few details Thursday about an Air force Academy cadet who died after he was found in a school dormitory.

The male cadet, whose name has not been released, was found injured in a dorm about 2 p.m. and died about 3:45 p.m. An official said his death is not an apparent suicide, but declined to release details of the injuries, including whether the cadet had been assaulted.

Academy spokesman John Van Winkle said he did not know the nature of the cadet’s injuries, who reported the cadet’s condition, or where in the dormitory the cadet was found.

The school canceled evening intramural activities and called a “100 percent accountability” to track the whereabouts of all 4,000 cadets on the campus, he said.

Van Winkle declined to release the cadet’s age or year in school.

“I don’t want to give out information that could identify the cadet before the notification of the next of kin is done,” Van Winkle said. “That would be wrong for the family to find out by CNN versus casualty notification team that is there to support, assist and help.”

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