Medical examiner confirms identity of body found on beach

Published 7:30 am Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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On April 9, a body was recovered from the beach less than a mile north of Ramp 27, between Salvo and Avon on Hatteras Island.

The body was identified by the National Park Service on Thursday, April 15, as Erik Mezick, 47, from Fruitland, Maryland.

On Dec. 29, Mezick was the driver of a box truck that crashed into the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and went over the side into the water.

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The state medical examiner in Greenville used dental records to confirm the identity.

The body traveled 120 miles in the Atlantic Ocean before being discovered and reported by a local beachcomber Friday, April 9.

Responding to the scene were Dare County Emergency Medical Services, National Park Service law enforcement, Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department and Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.



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