Wed. Apr 17th, 2024
alert-–-tragedy-as-west-point-cadet,-21,-is-found-dead-in-a-river-two-days-after-he-went-missing-while-he-partied-with-friends-at-a-bar-during-spring-break-weekendAlert – Tragedy as West Point cadet, 21, is found dead in a river two days after he went missing while he partied with friends at a bar during spring break weekend

A 21-year-old West Point cadet has been found dead in a river after vanishing whilst on spring break weekend in Florida, officials report.

Havin Morris had been partying at an Irish bar in Fort Lauderdale with three of his friends – who later ‘lost track’ of him – only two days before his body was found.

The young cadet’s pals saw him for the final time at Dicey Riley’s Irish Pub – near the New River – at around 1am early Sunday morning, The Sun Sentinal reports.

A police dive team later found the young cadet’s body on Monday in the river near the location of Morris’ last sighting.

According to local authorities, the ‘bright’ young man likely drowned in the New River and no foul play is suspected.

Havin Morris, 21, was found dead in The New River by a team of police divers in Fort Lauderdale on Monday (pictured)

Havin Morris, 21, was found dead in The New River by a team of police divers in Fort Lauderdale on Monday (pictured)

He was last seen at Dicey Riley's Irish Pub (pictured) with his free friends, who later 'lost track' of him

He was last seen at Dicey Riley’s Irish Pub (pictured) with his free friends, who later ‘lost track’ of him 

‘The information gathered throughout our investigation led FLPD’s Dive Team to search the New River near the area where he was last seen,’ police said to KPIX.

‘Divers located his body on Monday night. At this time, his death appears to be an accidental drowning and no foul play is suspected.’

Eventually, Morris’ parents were informed of their son’s disappearance after his friends could not reach him or locate him at the hotel.

The parents received a text from Morris at 11pm the night before.

However, when they tried to contact him several times the next day all the calls went straight to voicemail, according to The Sun Sentinal.

Morris’s father, Hollis described the lack of correspondence as ‘abnormal behavior’ for the cadet.

Following his death, touching tributes to the cadet have been shared by West Point staff, who described him as ‘bright and resilient’.

The young man’s tactical officer, Maj. Rebecca A. Gogue said he was a ‘bright, resilient young man with a determination to succeed.’

His parents were later informed by the friends that they could not locate Morris' the following day

His parents were later informed by the friends that they could not locate Morris’ the following day 

West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland also said: ‘Cadet Morris was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets, committed to serving his country as an Army Officer,’

‘The entire West Point Community offers our heartfelt condolences to the Morris family.’

The US Army has provided Morris’ family with an assistance officer to help them through this time, according to their statement.

West Point has also said the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is working with Fort Lauderdale police regarding the investigation into Morris’ death.

This comes after seven people, including six West Point cadets, were discovered to be overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine by first responders in Fort Lauderdale.

A panicking spring breaker told police how his military cadet friends were passed out after taking the drugs and drinking an ‘enormous amount’, in shocking 911 audio obtained by DailyMail.com in March 2022.

‘We took some coke and we are not getting some responses right now,’ the anonymous caller says as first responders raced to an address in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Two, out of the seven involved went into cardiac arrest following the overdose and were placed on ventilators.

All seven were hospitalized and the group survived according to Local10.com.

They then filed a missing's persons report describing Morris' lack of correspondence as 'abnormal' (pictured: a section of the New River)

They then filed a missing’s persons report describing Morris’ lack of correspondence as ‘abnormal’ (pictured: a section of the New River)

Touching tributes to the cadet have been shared by West Point staff, who described him as 'bright and resilient'

Touching tributes to the cadet have been shared by West Point staff, who described him as ‘bright and resilient’