Body recovered in Rodanthe after an extensive search for missing person

By on February 15, 2024

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press

A body was recovered in Rodanthe on Wednesday evening, February 14, following an extensive and approximately 18-hour-long search for a missing person.

The initial missing person report was made at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13.

Following the call, multiple agencies mobilized for an area-wide search which included the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, (the lead agency in the search efforts), the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Park Service, Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.

Volunteers and searchers covered miles of shoreline from Pea Island to Buxton, and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a helicopter search in the early morning hours of February 14, hours after the initial 911 call.

The body was located in a marsh in Rodanthe by a drone launched by a citizen volunteer and was reported to authorities at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The body has been transferred to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville, NC.

The name of the missing person has not been released, and an investigation by the Dare County Sheriff’s Department is still ongoing. The Island Free Press will post additional details as they become available.

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  • Surf123

    About time to get an update from the police to tell everyone if there is a murderer on the loose in RWS or elsewhere.

    Monday, Feb 19 @ 11:11 am
  • Steven

    Doubt there will be an update, most of this type of events are swept under the rug, such as the precious young school girl from First Flight that was killed while walking in pedestrian crosswalk from school, some lady ran a red light, yet they wouldn’t publish her name or charges or any other details.
    Last summer a pedestrian was killed in the crosswalk on Hatteras Island. Also not reported on.

    It’s known who the murderer is, he even admitted beforehand what he was going to do. Saw him in the neighborhood just yesterday, Monday.

    Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 6:35 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Steven and Tri-Village, I can tell you that we will do our best not to let this slip through the cracks. We are continuing to make inquiries.

    Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 9:43 pm
  • surf123

    @Mark…thanks for staying on top of this. Is it possible to request some type of update/status from the sheriff’s department. I just do not believe the Sheriff’s department has enough, if any, experience in these types of investigations, so what triggers the involvement of the SBI? I do not have a whole lot of confidence this will be solved given the last one was not, even though everyone knows who did it. The incident was in 2011 before the temporary replacement bridge was completed. A truck with four people driving on the newly replaced road and I assume going up to look at the new temporary bridge ran into a parked trailer decapitating a local and injuring two other passengers. The driver survived, left his vehicle, and returned home. No arrest ever made. While not a murder it still was manslaughter.
    @Steven…Agree on the suspected murderer. While I have no firsthand knowledge, I have heard he made it clear, on multiple occasions, the person wanted Justin dead. If anything, this should be a reminder that if someone threatens to kill or physically harm you, you have to go to the police.
    We are all left with having to lock doors, leave lights on all night, and keep looking over our shoulders until this is resolved. Until now crime in the Tri-Villages is not much more than simple theft and most of that is opportunistic.

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 10:20 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Surf, I think we may able to pass on some (not sure how much) information about this case today.

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 1:23 pm