Category Archives: MYSTERY

Beaufort man found deceased

On Monday, 02/06/2017 at approximately 9:30am Carteret County deputies along with Beaufort Fire & Rescue and North River Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Merrimon Road outside of Beaufort after an inmate work crew cleaning the roadside discovered a body in a ditch. Deputies determined the man to be 66-year-old Sidney Tate Jr of Marshall Lane, Beaufort. Tate, who was known for walking up and down Merrimon Road, was found less than a quarter mile from his home. Tate was discovered in a small ditch of water near Isaac Murray Drive but there were no obvious signs of trauma to the bod…

Woman’s cause of death could aid investigation. Autopsy scheduled.

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Sunday January 29, 2017, deputies of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible body that had been found in a ditch on Cowell Road in Alliance, North Carolina. Upon arrival at the scene deputies located the body of Kimberly Dawn Meekins, 20 of Alliance. Investigators determined that Meekins lived in a nearby apartment complex. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. No cause of death has been determined. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at 252-745-310…

Rumble in County!

Area residents report mild shake, rattle & roll By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer People living in an area that ranges from Aurora in Beaufort County, south to Oriental in Pamlico, reported what they believe to have been a brief earth tremor at approximately 8:25 p.m. Monday night. The 911 dispatcher — who takes calls from an enclave in Pamlico County — reported receiving a dozen or so calls from concerned citizens. No one reported any damages, but all confessed bewilderment at what may have caused the rumble that lasted anywhere from three to seven seconds. The area borders a…

Squatters arrested in Minnesott Beach

‘They looked like regular renters to me’ said one neighbor By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer MINNESOTT BEACH –Bryan Moore, 47, knew nothing about four squatters who settled into his waterfront home, located on the Neuse River a mere stone’s throw from this community’s ritzy golf and country club. Moore, on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., had done little to his residence since Hurricane Irene struck in August of 2011. So he immediately sensed something was awry when his Minnesott Beach neighbor called to gently complain about Moore’s ‘renters.’ …

‘ Prowlers of Pamlico County ’ exist

  By Ivia Nathaniel | Special to the County Compass Photo of a panther elsewhere in theUS. NEUSE ROAD – Coming home Wednesday night, Jan. 16, at approximately 7 p.m. on Neuse Road, about 1500 feet from the corner of Scott Town Road, a sleek black long slinky cat sloped across the highway, barely missing the front grill of my car. The cat jumped like it was floating. It made one big leap and landed approximately 10 feet from my car, but on all four of its feet. Many Pamlico People don’t believe we have these things. But I know we have black panthers, bobcats, plenty of bears, coyotes, and mounta…

Most say panthers exist

  Some recall stranded circus boat By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer One enterprising homeowner raked a bare spot in his yard each afternoon, and eventually captured a paw print during the black panther’s late night prowls. EASTERN N.C. – Last week’s front-page story, which asked for reader feedback about the possibility of black panthers in our area, generated dozens of responses. The Nov. 10 story also featured a photo taken in 2001 by Reelsboro resident, Robert ‘Cody’ Griffith, that lacked sufficient detail for a positive identification. E-mails, letters, and phone ca…

Could this be a black panther?

  By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer (Click images to enlarge) Photo credit: Robert ‘Cody’ Griffith Several years ago, this reporter wrote a news story about Maureen Bivona’s encounter with what she believed to be a black panther. At the time, Bivona was riding her bike on Janeiro Road near its intersection with Kershaw Road in the southeast corner of Pamlico County. Bivona swore she had seen a large, black “cat-like” animal crossing Kershaw Road in broad daylight. After my interview with Bivona, I conferred with both state and federal biologists who explained, quite convinc…
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