KNIGHTDALE, NC (WNCN) – A man who was missing since Friday while on a bike trip along the East Coast was found dead in the Raleigh area on Wednesday, officials say.
Richard Moreau, a Massachusetts cyclist who has been missing for several days, was discovered dead Wednesday afternoon in rural Nash County.
Knightdale Police discovered Moreau’s body in his tent near US 264 alternate, just west of the town of Middlesex. The death appears to be from natural causes.
Moreau, age 66, was fulfilling a dream to ride the entire route from his home in Massachusetts to Florida.
He stopped at a Verizon store in Knightdale on September 17 to replace his phone, then apparently continued east past Wendell. He made contact with his family Friday night, but hadn’t been heard from since.
Knightdale investigators worked with the phone company to determine the last location of Moreau’s new phone near Middlesex, said Brian Bowman, the Knightdale Communications Director.
“They spent much of Wednesday searching the rural area and discovered his body and belongings in a shady spot not far from the road,” Bowman said in a press release.
During the search, Moreau’s family worked diligently to ask for help; they distributed his photo through social media and stayed in touch with investigators.
Knightdale police said Moreau is a grandfather of six. He left North Attleboro, Massachusetts Aug. 26 and had been checking in with his family regularly.
“Our hearts to go out to this family who has worked so hard to find their loved one,” said Knightdale Police Captain Jacqui Boykin. “We can’t thank them enough for being accessible and doing everything they could to help.”
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office and the NC Highway Patrol assisted in the search.
Because Moreau was found in Nash County, the sheriff’s office will handle the future investigation, Bowman said.