Dare Sheriff says foul play not suspected in death of Rodanthe man, but seeks information from public

By on February 21, 2024

Amid considerable speculation about the circumstances surrounding the death of Justin O’Neal, whose body was found on Feb. 14 in a marsh in Rodanthe following a lengthy search, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office issued this release on Feb. 21. It provides phone numbers for members of the public who may know something about this case.

Here is the statement.

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a person that went missing on February 13 and was found on February 14 in the area of North Beach Campground, Rodanthe, NC.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office doesn’t suspect any foul play. However, the investigation into this incident continues and if anyone has information about this, please contact the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at 252-475-5980, Dare County Communication Center at 252-473-3444, or Dare County Crime Line 252-473-3111.

SEE ALSO: Body recovered in Rodanthe after an extensive search for missing person


  • Steven

    No foul play!?! So what the Sheriff is saying is that this wonderful young man beat himself up, then crawled off into the marsh to die.
    That’s Absurd!

    This is a family man with three young children and a large supportive family, along with a supportive community..

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 6:31 pm
  • surf123

    Looks like this will be like the Gary Midgette death that was never solved by the Sheriff’s department even though everyone knew what happened. It would be impossible to make this stuff up. If Andy Griffith were alive he could reprise his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor and get to bottom of this.

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
  • Robin Ames

    I hope anyone who has information about this will contact the Dare County Sheriff’s Office at 252-475-5980, Dare County Communication Center at 252-473-3444, or Dare County Crime Line 252-473-3111.

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 10:40 pm

    This is such shit. No foul play??? How does that make any sense?! It doesn’t, y’all are obviously covering up for someone. So then you are saying it was suicide, if not foul play?? Justin would never do that to his family. Shame on all of you for this, do better.

    Thursday, Feb 22 @ 9:43 am
  • surf123

    @Mark Jurkowitz…can you get a copy of the autopsy?

    Thursday, Feb 22 @ 10:19 am
  • Tri-Village

    JUSTICE FOR JUSTIN!!! I surely hope this is a rouse to get someone to slip and give information that only a person that was there would know. The way past cases were handled I don’t have that much confidence. No foul play but seeks information from the public. My faith in Dare County Sheriffs office was diminished 20 years ago after my truck was broken into. I filed a report. The deputy ran my name to see if I had a warrant.

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 11:44 am
  • Anna Phillips

    Suicide often happens to people who you would least expect. However, if it was a suicide, where was the weapon? It should’ve been laying right next to him or in a vicinity where it could’ve been obtained. Autopsy can prove if it was self inflicted. Police department and detectives in this case probably aren’t doing what they should be. JUSTIN’S FAMILY DESERVES JUSTICE! #justiceforjustin

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 12:57 pm
  • Rob

    I wish I had recorded the scanner convo. DCSO is a joke. It’s happened in the past and is happening again. Toss it under the rug, save the tourism lol.

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 2:10 pm
  • Margie Keech

    Prayers for the family

    Sunday, Feb 25 @ 10:46 am