August 23, 2016

UPDATE: Reward offered for information in sea turtle incident

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance is offering a $2,500 reward on behalf of the Outer Banks Preservation Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club for information leading to the identification of the persons responsible for the green sea turtle incident last weekend.

On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21, Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel found a severely injured sea turtle on the beach approximately 0.66 miles north of Ramp 32. The sea turtle, identified as a green sea turtle, a threatened species, is believed to have come onto the beach some time in the evening, or night, of Aug. 20 in order to lay a nest in the sand.

Turtle tracks led from the ocean to the nesting site approximately 20 feet above the high tide line in an off-road vehicle travel area. The injuries to the sea turtle were so severe that the turtle had to be euthanized by National Park Service staff.

Based on significant evidence found at the scene, seashore officials believe that a motor vehicle struck and ran over the nesting turtle.

If you have information that could help investigators, please call the Dare County Community Crime Line at 800-745-2746 or 252-473-3111. You may also submit confidential tips online at

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