Gun missing since Feb. 12 in the surf off Kill Devil Hills has been found

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The missing rifle believed to have been connected to a presumed suicide earlier this month in Kill Devil Hills has been located.

A 36-year-old man from New York was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot near the Atlantic Street beach access the morning of February 12. Full details of the man’s identity were not released.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department said a beachgoer found a .270 Winchester bolt-action rifle near the same beach access on Wednesday.

The weapon showed clear signs of being in the ocean for a significant period of time, according to police.

A second weapon was believed to also be missing at the time of the incident. Police said Thursday information developed later determined there was no second gun involved.

Editor’s note: OBX Today has a policy of not publishing detailed information from suicides except in extraordinary circumstances. If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and needs support, call 1-800-273-8255.