Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2018

North Carolina: 4-year-old New Hampshire boy, Wesley Belisle, swept away at Kitty Hawk beach, found dead

The body of a 4-year-old boy who was swept out to sea in the surf at a Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was found Monday, according to police. Kitty Hawk police identified the boy in a Facebook post.

Wesley Belisle was found around 7:40 a.m. by the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office on Carova Beach. The boy’s family was notified, and police said arrangements were being made to return Belisle’s body to New Hampshire.

“We hope that the outpouring of compassion and offers of support, thoughts and prayers to the Belisle family from people all over the world can bring them some amount of solace in this time of tremendous grief.” -Chief Joel C. Johnson.

Wesley was swept away by a wave at the Outer Banks.

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The child and mother were walking along the beach when a wave came crashing in and swept the child away. A helicopter crew and Coast Guard boats combed 130 square miles but were unable to find the New Hampshire boy.

“As for the parents, this is our worst nightmare, even for those of us who love and have grown up by the ocean,” Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel C. Johnson wrote on social media at the time. “Please join us in thought and prayer for this family as we mourn with them the loss and give thanks for the well-being of our own children.”

From WSOCTV: A heart-shaped seashell memorial remains on a Kitty Hawk beach. That’s where the U.S. Coast Guard said the boy and his mother were walking Wednesday afternoon when a wave hit the child, carrying him out into the ocean.

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