Vandalism, theft at Wright Brothers Memorial

By on October 13, 2019

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The National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in connection with vandalism and theft at the Wright Brothers Monument in Kill Devil Hills.

The copper reproduction bust of Orville Wright, located at the foot of the monument, was stolen, and the heavy granite base that the bust was mounted to was toppled over and damaged either on the night of Oct. 12 or early in the morning on Oct. 13.

National Park Service Rangers and local law enforcement officials are investigating this crime. If you have information that could help solve this case, please contact the Dare County Community CrimeLine or the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB).

You can Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009. Or go online at and click “Submit a Tip”


  • Corolla Resident

    Sadly, in this day and age, I’m thinking we’re gonna need surveillance cameras at all of our venues. This entire island’s economy thrives on tourism and we need to protect the assets. I can only assume this was the work of one of the tourists we’d all like to see banished form the Beach forever. God help his soul if it was a local.

    Monday, Oct 14 @ 9:38 am
  • Stevejo

    I would not bet money on it being a tourist. If I’m wrong however, I will come back and admit it.

    Monday, Oct 14 @ 4:23 pm
  • MJ Stevens

    The police and judges need to be hard on these people. A slap on the wrist and probation won’t do it.

    Thursday, Oct 17 @ 3:26 pm