Body of 4-year-old Wesley Belisle recovered at Carova Beach

By on April 30, 2018

Photo of Wesley at Lillian Street. (The Outer Banks Voice)

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.

A raibow appeared in Nags Head as rescue crews searched for Wesley. (Pat Morris)


  • Joan McMinn

    So very sorry for you all loss. May the angels in heaven care for him forever

    Tuesday, May 1 @ 9:10 am

    I know your heartache. My son died of Leukemia 13 years ago on Xmas Eve. I know the pain is unbearable, my heart actually felt broken. Bryan didn’t cross over till 4 years later. He stayed around for our families sake (especially for me) and to let us know that HEAVEN does exist. All his visits and sightings brought peace and comfort. If there is one thing I need you to remember is that you WILL see him again. From one mother to another please take comfort in this and go through the grieving process day by day. Cry, scream and yell, it helps. Me and my family continue to pray for you.

    Tuesday, May 1 @ 11:09 am
  • stephen

    We hope all these expressions love, support and sympathy get forwarded this little boy’s family in N.H.

    Tuesday, May 1 @ 3:04 pm
  • Karen Eisiminger

    I can’t imagine the loss, the heartache! Prayers that God will comfort you! What a beautiful sign from God when He sent that rainbow…your son is safe with Me now.

    Thursday, May 3 @ 9:20 am
  • C. L. Helmer

    Could the parking access portion of Lillian St. be renamed “Wesley Belisle Street”? According to Google Earth, it looks like an address change would only affect one house.

    Friday, May 4 @ 8:17 am
  • Jean Fitzsimmons

    Ohhh My heart Breaks for this family.. Our Deepest prayers go Out To All Who Love Him…~So Greatful They were able to lay him to rest…tears..

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 3:27 pm