FATAL – Reported 18 September 2009 – Outer Banks, North Carolina, US – swimmer attacked

This brief report showed up on wearecentralPA.com on 21 September.

A Pittsburgh man has been identified as the victim of a rare shark attack while vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The body of 60-year-old Richard Snead was found Friday (18 September)  about 18-miles away from where he went for a swim a week prior. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as injuries from "extensive" shark bites. Snead is expected to be buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Another report on 18 September on WVEC.com says:

Richard A. Snead, 60, was reported missing last weekend (12-13 September 2009) by family members staying in Corolla and his body washed up Thursday (17 September) morning on the beach at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, US.

Snead had been swimming after dark.

The autopsy, performed Friday morning, determined Snead died of “multiple injuries over the whole body”, a spokeswoman for the Office of the North Carolina Medical Examiner told WVEC.com. She said the autopsy showed the bites didn’t occur after his death.

There was no determination of what kind of shark inflicted the injuries.


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