Body of Kill Devil Hills woman discovered following late-night swim

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The body of a 37-year-old woman was discovered after disappearing into the ocean following a late-night swim.


On June 23, 2022 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 23rd. The male reported both of them were struck by a sizable wave. After the male surfaced he did not see his friend. The male 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 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 near 1st Street 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.