Orville Wright bust found in Kill Devil Hills


KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WNCT) Officials said the stolen Orville Wright bust has been found in Kill Devil Hills.

The reproduction bust of Orville Wright, which was recently stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial, was found Tuesday afternoon on the beach in Kill Devil Hills.

According to a release, around 3:25 p.m., a Kill Devil Hills beach visitor called the Dare County non-emergency line to report that the reproduction Orville Wright bust was “tucked” into the dunes.

A Kill Devil Hills Officer was dispatched and arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m.

The National Park Service arrived on the scene shortly after the Kill Devil Hills Officer confirmed that it was the stolen bust of Orville Wright.

The Orville Wright bust was found near 909 South Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills.

National Park Service Rangers will continue investigating the theft of the bust and the damage to its granite mounting base.

Homeowners and business owners in the area of the Wright Brothers National Memorial and 909 South Virginia Dare Trail are encouraged to review security camera footage and report any suspicious activity from the night of October 12 through Tuesday.

To report tips, contact the Dare County Community CrimeLine or the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB).

National Park Service ISB Tip Line: Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or online at http://www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”

“While we are pleased that the bust of Orville Wright has been found, we are fully investigating this incident in order to determine who stole the bust and caused damage to its granite mounting base,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.


KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The Park Service and local law enforcement officials are investigating the case and are asking the public for any information.

The agency in a statement says the monument was damaged either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. The granite base that the bust was mounted to was toppled and damaged.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities in Dare County or the Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009.

The Park Service says a portion of the park may be temporarily closed to visitors Sunday while the investigation continues.

The memorial honors Wilbur and Orville Wright.

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