Law enforcement seeks public’s help with alleged kidnapping on Hatteras

By on May 18, 2021

(National Park Service)

Law enforcement rangers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), special agents with the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB) and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance regarding an alleged kidnapping that occurred within the Seashore on Wednesday, May 12.

Case details:

  • An adult female Seashore visitor reports being kidnapped from the Coquina Beach Access restrooms by an adult white male at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. The restrooms are located across N.C. Highway 12 from the Bodie Island Light Station.
  • The female alleges that she was physically forced by the male to drive her vehicle, a silver 2017 Ford Escape, until reaching the Little Kinnakeet Beach Access parking lot, located across NC 12 from the Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station.
  • Once at the Little Kinnakeet Beach Access parking lot, the female reports that she escaped west from the ocean-side beach and fled on foot south along NC 12 until she was picked up by a passing motorist.
  • Seashore law enforcement rangers responded and began investigating jointly with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 8:45 p.m.
  • The female did not require transport to the hospital.
  • The alleged kidnapper was described as six feet tall with light colored hair, scruffy chin hair and possibly a thin mustache. He most likely fled the scene by foot along NC 12 or the beach the evening of May 12.

Anyone with information that may help to identify the individual responsible for committing this alleged crime are asked to contact the ISB by calling or texting the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009, submitting an anonymous tip at or by emailing Anonymous tips may also be submitted to the Dare County Community CrimeLine at





  • NativeDaughterofDare

    Do you think alleged was used often enough to make the victim appear to be lying? As a former law enforcement officer, I get that everyone is ” supposedly ” innocent until proven guilty. On the other hand, nobody has been named and even the description is vague at best. I hope Jane Doe got her car back because it appears that’s the best she can possibly hope for ” apparently “. It’s a wonder her vehicle was described as ” appears to be a Ford Escape”. Don’t leave serious criminal activity to be investigated by the NPS in any capacity. The Sheriff’s office is always the best bet!! Allegedly, NPS’s own prior behavior as an entity isn’t all that according to history. They sure have inherited a lot of property that formerly belonged to natives, allegedly of course. Thankfully, the supposed victim doesn’t appear any worse off due to said excitement.

    Wednesday, May 19 @ 10:26 pm
  • Kit

    Native……. Just to be precise, the article does not say “alleged to be a Ford Escape;” it says “…her vehicle, a silver 2017 Ford Escape…” You are misleading the reader, but then that has become commonplace in our society nowadays…

    Thursday, May 20 @ 10:08 am
  • Sandflea

    Sounds pretty “fishy” to me.

    Thursday, May 20 @ 11:25 am