By The Voice on April 30, 2018
Authorities say the body has been recovered of a 4-year-old boy missing since Wednesday after he was swept off his feet by a shore-breaking wave while walking on the beach in Kitty Hawk with his family.
The remains of Wesley Belisle of New Hampshire were located Monday at 7:40 a.m. by Currituck County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Carova Beach about 30 miles north, according to Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnson.
Wesley was walking with his mother Wednesday afternoon when the wave caught them by surprise, knocked them down and dragged the boy into the ocean.
Coast Guard and local rescue crews searched until dusk unsuccessfully. At about the same time, a vivid double rainbow arched across the beach just south in Nags Head.
Starting Thursday morning at the Lillian Street beach access, a memorial started appearing that included dozens of seashells with messages of condolence and hope.
On Sunday, with about 75 people gathered at the access, Mary St. Claire Dunstan read a message from Wesley’s family. The shells and other items will be packed for shipping to the family.
“We hope that the outpouring of compassion and offers of support, thoughts and prayers to the Belisle family from people all over the word can bring them some amount of solace in this time of tremendous grief,” Johnson said.