Man found on Hatteras Beach identified

By on April 9, 2021

Island Free Press

Update: Joy Crist of the Island Free Press reports that the man found on the beach is Erik Mezick, whose delivery truck went into the Chesapeake in late December.

The family of a delivery driver whose truck went off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on December 29 stated on social media that the body that washed ashore in between Avon and Salvo on April 9 was their loved one, Erik Mezick, 47, of Fruitland, Maryland.

“Erik has been found in North Carolina!” read the post on the Finding Erik Mezick Facebook page. “We have just been notified! We will be back with more information as we get it! We said he would present himself when he was ready and in true Eric style he did just that today on his favorite beach! We love you all!”

Per the Facebook page, Erik was seen exiting the truck into the water on Dec. 29, 2020 and was not seen again.

In December, witnesses reported that they had seen Mezick in the water, drifting west in the bay. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Virginia Beach Fire Department, and other organizations coordinated efforts to try to find him after the incident

Body found on Hatteras beach this morning

 (Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

On the morning of Friday April 9, at 9:14 a.m., a local resident reported finding a body of a male on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, between the villages of Salvo and Avon.

National Park Service law enforcement rangers, Dare County Sherriff’s Office, Dare County Emergency Medical Services and Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department all responded to the 911 call. Shortly after arriving on scene, responders confirmed that the unidentified individual was deceased.

The body appeared to have been in the ocean for an extended period of time. The remains will be transferred to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.

Additional details are not available at this time.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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