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UPDATE: Man Found Dead In Carolina Beach Friday Morning Identified

Carolina Beach Police are investigating the death of a man found on the beach Friday morning August 23, 2013.

UPDATE: August 28th - On the morning of 23 August 2013 a body was found in the surf in the 400 block of Carolina Beach Ave. N. The body has been identified as Timothy Young of Tennessee. Mr. Young's death has been ruled a suicide do to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

UPDATE: 2:21PM Friday August 23 - According to a press release from the Carolina Beach Police Department, "The County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted a preliminary autopsy and believes the cause of death is a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Lt. McCullough from Carolina Beach Police Department is ordering a formal autopsy to be conducted in Jacksonville. The identity of the individual has not been established and the investigation is ongoing."

CAROLINA BECH – Carolina Beach Police are investigating the death of an unidentified man found dead on the beach in the 400 block of Carolina Beach Avenue North Friday morning August 23 at around 6:30am.

The Town's Sea Turtle Nest Patrol came upon a person who found the body early Friday morning in the surf. Interim Police Chief Harry Humphries said the man is a white male, probably 35 years of age with dark hair and a goatee. Humphries said the man did not appear to be a drifter and was well dressed with nice shoes and clothing.

No identification was found. Police detectives were canvasing the area trying to locate anyone who could help identify the man.

Humphries said it appeared there was head trauma and is waiting to hear from the medical examiner at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He said an area of the beach has been blocked off and detectives will return at low tide to search for weapons with a metal detector.

One witness who spoke with WECT Channel 6 said they found the body in the surf and pulled him out of the water. Also, they said he appeared to have an entrance wound on the front side of his head above the ear. His body was described as limber with blood still coming out of the wound.

Humphries said, “At this point we are treating it as a homicide until we hear from the medical examiner.” He said the examiner will determine the cause of death or order a full autopsy if required.

Check in later today for more as this story develops.