3 Arkansas State students are missing in cave near Cushman

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CUSHMAN, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University says three students, including two from Japan, are missing in a cave in northeastern Arkansas.

A university statement says the wife of 25-year-old student Casey Sherwood reported him missing Wednesday night, along with Japanese exchange students, Daiki Itoh, 19, and Daisuke Takagi, 18.

Independence County Office of Emergency Management coordinator Glen Willis says two crews are searching for the students in Blowing Cave, which is a few miles northeast of Mountain View near Cushing. Rock. Cave-mapping experts are assisting.

Willis and officials with the Independence County Sheriff's Office did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Sherwood is from Jonesboro.. Itoh is from Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, and Takagi is from Kawagoe Hi-who, Hyogo.

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Information from: KAIT-TV, http://www.kait8.com/

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