Body of boater who went missing in Currituck County found

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The body of a 45-year-old man who went missing Saturday in the Currituck Sound has been found, Coast Guard 5th District dispatchers said Tuesday.

The man was found about four miles west of McKay Island Refuge Headquarters Office. Local officials are notifying the man’s family.

Authorities identified the man Wednesday morning as 45-year-old Stacey Ronald Twiford, of Moyock.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the man around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Officials with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office say the emergency call came in at 6:22 p.m. Saturday for an unmanned boat circling just south of the entrance to Tull Bay. The Coast Guard took the lead in the search, officials say.

According to Coast Guard North Carolina, rescuers found the unmanned watercraft in the Currituck Sound, which was when they began the search.

Crews searched the area between the mouth of Tulls Bay, Knotts Island and Bells Island in the North Landing River and Currituck Sound. The Coast Guard searched more than 20 hours, covering 95 square miles since the search began Saturday.

The missing boater was reported to not be wearing a life jacket. He was last seen by his sister from a different boat around 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

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