Body that washed ashore on Outer Banks was likely buried at sea

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Metro - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — A med­i­cal ex­am­iner says the body of a neatly dressed man that washed ashore on the Outer Banks this week was likely buried at sea up to a year ago.

The body was dis­cov­ered Tues­day by a Nags Head man who was watch­ing the waves gen­er­ated by Hur­ri­cane Maria.

Po­lice Chief Kevin Brink­ley told The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot news­pa­per that the man’s body was in a black bag made out of what looked like a syn­thetic ma­te­rial, and its bot­tom was ripped out.

A spokes­woman said the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency is work­ing with the med­i­cal ex­am­iner in Greenville to share in­for­ma­tion about re­ported sea buri­als in hopes of iden­ti­fy­ing the body.

Sea buri­als are al­lowed un­der the Ma­rine Pro­tec­tion, Re­search and Sanc­tu­ar­ies Act.

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