• 45°

Seashells, anchor vanish from Wesley’s ‘Little Red Mailbox’ site

Someone took all the orange-hued seashells and an anchor in honor of 4-year-old Wesley Belisle from the Lillian Street beach access in Kitty Hawk this week.

The shells were there for people to write messages as an ongoing show of support to the family of the little boy, who was swept out to sea in April and drowned.

The shells and anchor were placed at the Little Red Mailbox erected at Lillian Street beach access last month. The red mailbox is one of several started as a place to leave messages of hope.

Mary St. Claire Dunstan, one of the organizers of a seashell memorial for Wesley and his family, said police have been called about the possible theft. The town, she said, did not remove the shells and anchor.

Dunstan said it’s possible the shells were taken by someone who didn’t realize what they were for.

“I am praying for the Lord to soften their heart and please return everything,” she said in a Facebook post. “These shells and the anchor mean so much to Wesley’s family.”

Dunstan said she’d also received a message from Wesley’s mother about the shells disappearing: “As Wesley’s mom, I know Wesley would be sad. But my sweet boy loved to share with any and everyone. I can see him saying, ‘mama, someone else needed it more.’ I’m trying to be positive but this really breaks my already broken heart.”

She’s now asking for volunteers to bring more shells (they don’t need to be orange) for the beach access memorial.

News

Man brandishing rifle shot by police in North Carolina

News

North Carolina promises more vaccines for providers hit by shortfalls

News

NC jobless aid office addressing millions in overpayments

News

Man hits two deer with new car, then discovered he hit $2M in lottery

News

Dare County budget amendments aim to help county employees

News

Local photographer sparks debate over mysterious flying object in the night sky

News

Teen sustains life-threatening injuries in Kill Devil Hills crash

News

The magnificent frigatebird, a rare visitor to the Outer Banks

Lifestyles

Dare County Library announces virtual enrichment series

News

Manteo returning to subscription-based recycling service

News

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

Hyde

UPDATED: Hyde County man fatally shot while duck hunting Monday afternoon

News

Large-scale events in other parts of NC mean fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Dare and other counties

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Sheriff: Two North Carolina children abandoned in Mississippi; one dies

Crime

Kill Devil Hills man charged with gun violations

News

Grandma’s lucky numbers win Sampson County woman half of Cash 5 jackpot

News

NC-bound plane returns to gate after being hit by bird during takeoff

News

North Carolina, Catawba tribe ink casino revenue agreement

Currituck

Currituck Extension offers on-demand cooking and food preservation classes

Hyde

Hyde County Schools announces 2020-21 Beginning Teacher of the Year

News

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

News

New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

News

North Carolina weekly gas price update: Prices down slightly from last week