KDH woman dies after disappearing in ocean

By on June 23, 2022

Deceased identified as Megan Elaine Perry
(Kill Devil Hills Police)

Update: The woman who died after she went missing while swimming has been identified as 37-year-old Megan Elaine Perry of Kill Devil Hills.


On the afternoon of June 23, the Kill Devil Hills Police reported on the death of a 37-year-old woman whose body was recovered after she went missing during a late-night swim with a friend.

On June 23, at approximately 12:15 a.m., Kill Devil Hills Police responded to a report of a missing person on the beach in the area of 1st Street. A 31-year-old male and a 37-year-old female were swimming in the ocean just after midnight on June 23. The male reported that both of them were struck by a sizable wave.

After the male surfaced, he did not see his friend. He went to a nearby rental home and requested the residents call 911. Kill Devil Hills Police, Fire and Ocean Rescue responded and began a search for the woman. The Coast Guard was notified but advised that they were unable to respond until later in the morning.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., Southern Shores Police responded to a body on the beach just north of Pelican Watch Way in Southern Shores. Kill Devil Hills Police detectives arrived shortly thereafter and were able to identify the woman as the one who went missing in Kill Devil Hills. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Names of the individuals involved are being withheld until next-of-kin notifications are complete. Both the male and the female were Kill Devil Hills residents. Ocean conditions at the time of the incident were rough.




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  • Glenn

    So very sad…may she Rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers with the families & loved ones impacted by this tragic event.

    Thursday, Jun 23 @ 6:53 pm
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