Person found dead at Marine Corps base has been identified

Mainor Velasquez

Authorities at Camp Lejeune have confirmed that the body discovered at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base on Sunday is that of a missing teenager from Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The teenager, identified as Mainor Velasquez, was reported missing after being swept away while fishing at North Topsail Beach on July 4th.

According to town officials, the 14-year-old and his brother were fishing approximately 50 yards from the shore in the New River Inlet when the incident occurred.

Witnesses reported that Velasquez was swept away by strong currents and could be heard calling for help. During the incident, a nearby boat managed to rescue his brother and bring him safely to shore.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has positively identified the body as Velasquez.

North Topsail Beach, where the incident took place, is known for its scenic views and popular fishing spots. However, the area can also be hazardous due to strong currents and shifting sands, which have been known to pose risks to swimmers and fishermen alike.

This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers of coastal waters and the importance of taking safety precautions when engaging in water activities.

According to WITN, the community has rallied around the Velasquez family, offering support and condolences during this difficult time.

Velasquez’ hometown of Goldsboro is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, another prominent military community in North Carolina.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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