Wright bust found on KDH beach; probe continues

By on October 15, 2019

The National Park Service (NPS) is reporting that the reproduction bust of Orville Wright, which was stolen this past weekend from the Wright Brothers National Memorial, was found on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 15 on the beach in Kill Devil Hills.

According to the NPS release, at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, a Kill Devil Hills beach visitor called the Dare County non-emergency line to report that the reproduction Orville Wright bust was “tucked” into the dunes. A Kill Devil Hills officer was dispatched and arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m. The National Park Service arrived on the scene shortly after the Kill Devil Hills officer confirmed that it was the stolen bust of Orville Wright. The bust was found near 909 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills.

National Park Service Rangers will continue investigating the theft of the bust and the damage to its granite mounting base. Homeowners and business owners in the area of Wright Brothers National Memorial and 909 S. Virginia Dare Trail are encouraged to review security camera footage and report any suspicious activity from the night of Oct. 12 through the afternoon of Oct. 15. To report tips, contact the Dare County Community CrimeLine or the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB).

Call or text the National Park Service ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009. Or go online at http://www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip.”
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac said in a statement that, “While we are pleased that the bust of Orville Wright has been found, we are fully investigating this incident in order to determine who stole the bust and caused damage to its granite mounting base.”

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  • tim

    The Wrights Fly Again – Crashing on the beach. No one hurt.

    Tuesday, Oct 15 @ 8:01 pm