The body of a Virginia Military Institute cadet was found in the vicinity of Goshen Pass Tuesday evening.
Rockbridge County sheriff's deputies found the body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville. Local law enforcement officials had been searching for Alter when the discovery was made.
The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is available to cadets, faculty, and staff. “Our thoughts go out to his family. He was an outstanding cadet,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, superintendent.
Alter was an English major, was director of operations for the lacrosse team, and was commander of the Corps’ 2nd Battalion. He was set to graduate in May and to commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending.