Cadet's father says son's death was heat-related

July 23, 2011 - 11:29 PM

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — The father of a West Point cadet who died last week during training says a preliminary autopsy indicates his son died of heat-related causes.

Cadet Jacob Bower of Fairmont was found unresponsive Thursday by fellow cadets in a largely wooded area used for training after the 18-year-old did not return from a land navigation exercise.

His father, Dean Bower, said Saturday night that officials told him that an initial autopsy showed no signs of foul play and no signs of a head or neck injury. He says official autopsy results will not be known for several weeks.

Temperatures in the Hudson Valley were in the 90s on Thursday.

Dean Bower says a funeral will be held for his son later this week in Fairmont and Jacob Bower will be buried in a family cemetery.

Military college media representatives did not immediately respond to emails and phone calls from The Associated Press..