Copper Orville Wright bust stolen, granite base damaged at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Published 10:18 am Sunday, October 13, 2019

The copper reproduction bust of Orville Wright, located at the foot of the Wright Brothers Monument in Kill Devil Hills, has been stolen and the heavy granite base that the bust was mounted to was toppled over and damaged.

According to the National Park Service, the theft and vandalism occurred Saturday night, October 12, or early Sunday morning, October 13.

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Courtesy NPS

National Park Service Rangers and local law enforcement officials are investigating this crime. If you have information that could help solve this case, contact the Dare County Community CrimeLine at252-473-3111 or 800-745-2746 or the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or online at and click “Submit a Tip.”

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Big Kill Devil Hill may be closed to visitors for a period of time Sunday while the investigation continues.



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