Jacksonville senior found in waterway Sunday afternoon off Hwy 172 back gate bridge
On Sat. March 9, 2019, the Sheriff Office was dispatched to a report of a vehicle left parked on top of the 172 bridge near the back gate of Camp Lejeune around 7p.m. A check of the victims home revealed that he was missing and family members reported that he had been depressed. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys and other personal items left in the seat.
The man was a Jacksonville local and age 65. His identity has not been released.
The Sheriff Office conducted a search of the area using the Sheriff’s Office drone, SABLE air unit from Wilmington Police and boats from the local VFD. The search was discontinued around 11 p.m. and resumed after daylight the following day with boats from Turkey Creek VFD, Camp Lejeune FD, Bear Creek VFD and Marine Patrol. The victim was located by one of the boat crews at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
He was located approximately one hundred feet from the bridge.
No foul play is suspected.
In other related reports locally, allegedly this was the second attempt. The mans body was allegedly carried by the current where eventually his body met and became tangled in a crab pot line or crab pot.
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