Kill Devil Hills man surrenders himself to Winston-Salem police eight months after being reported missing, now facing multiple charges

Published 2:39 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

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A Kill Devil Hills man who was reported missing last year and who left a suicide note has surrendered himself to the Winston-Salem police and is facing multiple charges.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department issued a news release on January 11 requesting the public’s assistance to located Jackie Ray Price, 48. “Price was reported missing on May 8th 2023. A suicide note was found at his residence but no body,” noted the release. “The subsequent investigation has led investigators to believe Mr. Price is alive and attempting to evade arrest on multiple criminal charges.”

According to KDHPD, around the time of his disappearance, Price was under investigation for felony indecent exposure, seven counts of felony secret peeping (create a photographic image) and seven counts of misdemeanor secret peeping.

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“On April 6th, 2023 officers responded to a report of Indecent Exposure at the McDonald’s Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. On April 13th, officers responded to a “Peeping Tom” at the Cavalier Motel in Kill Devil Hills. In both cases the offender fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement,” noted the KDHPD release. “In the course of the investigation that followed, Mr. Price was identified as a potential suspect. His cell phone was seized and seven videos of women inside their hotel rooms at the Cavalier were recovered. Four of the victims were female adults (33, 43, 51, and 63) and one was a juvenile (14) … As the investigation closed in on Mr. Price, he absconded.”

The release went on to say investigators had reason to believe “the suicide note was merely a smokescreen” and that Price had left the area but may have still been in contact with individuals in the Outer Banks area. Warrants for the 15 charges were obtained.

“Thanks to the assistance of the public, Mr. Price’s location was narrowed to the Winston-Salem area,” stated a KDHPD news release issued Monday, January 15, 2024. “Our department is especially grateful to the Winston-Salem Police Department for their efforts in alerting their community to the possible presence of Mr. Price. In addition, WSPD conducted multiple knock-and-talks, followed up on leads and conducted overnight surveillance on areas where Mr. Price may have been hiding. Our investigators are confident that the relentless effort of WSPD ultimately led Mr. Price to surrender himself.”

Price surrendered himself to the Winston-Salem Police Department at around 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 14. He was placed under a total of bond of $405,000 for the various charges against him.

Kill Devil Hills detectives were in Winston-Salem Monday morning to interview Price. His first court date is scheduled for February 19, 2024 in Dare County.