Kill Devil Hills man reported missing, police seek assistance from public

Published 4:12 pm Friday, September 1, 2023

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The Kill Devil Hills Police Department is requesting the public’s help in an attempt to locate Scott Harmon Johnson. Johnson, of Kill Devil Hills, is described as a 46-year-old white male, 6’ tall, 175 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes and a short, full beard.

Johnson was first reported missing on August 31, 2023. He was last seen at his residence on August 22, 2023 at 8 a.m. His vehicle and boat trailer were located at the N.C. Wildlife Boat Access under the Washington Baum Bridge on Roanoke Island, where they were reportedly parked at least a week and a half. The last reported contact Johnson had with any family member was on August 20, 2023.

“As part of the investigation and search, we are subpoenaing phone and social media records,” stated a KDHPD news release. “A search of his residence and vehicle on August 31st did not provide any clues as to his possible current whereabouts.”

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Neighbors reported seeing Johnson hooking up his boat and trailer the morning of August 22 and leaving his residence directly afterwards.

Johnson’s boat is a 23-foot Apollo with a yellow hull, North Carolina registration NC3523DB. He was accompanied by his dog, a brown and white pit bull named Baxter.

“Dare County Dispatch contacted Coast Guard watchstanders to report that Johnson was last seen by a neighbor on Aug. 22. Johnson reportedly said he was planning to take his 23-foot sport fisher underway to trouble shoot a maintenance issue he was having with the vessel,” stated a news release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. “It is not known where he was going or how long he planned to be gone for.”

According to KDHPD, foul play is not suspected at this time.

KDHPD is requesting anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts or information about his plans for the morning of August 22 to call 252-449-5337 and ask to speak with Det. M. Sudduth.

The search for Johnson now involves multiple agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission.